Does the current policy go far enough? It is clear to every single player involved in organized baseball that steroids and HGH are banned. There is no chance that anyone could have missed the news. It is also clear that when some players use these substances it gives them a competitive advantage over others. It is cheating. It is clear that their use creates an uneven playing field, with some players able to hit the ball farther and pitch with more speed than others.
This leads to a lack of legitimacy to every single statistic achieved by a substance abuse aided player. No stat is equal, nor is any record. Moreover, team achievement is tilted by this practice. There is a rough equivalence in the talent level of players at an elevated level. Ten extra feet on a hit ball puts it out of the park rather than having it caught on the warning track. Four MPH on a fastball may be enough to alter reaction time. Teams playing with steroid players have an unfair advantage and their record is suspect.
The reason that professional sports are so vigilant about gambling is the fear of player’s with large debt shading their performance to repay the gamblers. This goes to the very integrity of the sport, and makes team records suspect. Athletes are role models to younger players and this usage may signal HS and college players that it is acceptable or necessary to use the substances.
With a practice this harmful, and the policy so clear, to really rid baseball of performance enhancing substances, shouldn’t there be zero tolerance? What’s wrong with one strike and a lifetime ban. This would send a deterrence shock wave that would rid the sport of this scourge.
Posted: August 09, 2013 at 07:40 AM | 25 comment(s)
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