The craving to achieve greatness and financial security in their sport is so powerful, several Major League Baseball executives said Thursday, they have difficulty faulting players for trying to gain an edge with the illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs.
...One American League manager, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject, said it would not surprise him if he learned seven or eight of his players were using performance-enhancing drugs.
“The mentality to do whatever is possible to try to succeed exists throughout society,” Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro said. “In any free-market system, the greater the reward, the higher the propensity for violation. It happens on Wall Street, right?
...“Some of the people that are most understanding of the stuff that has gone on are the guys who played in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s,” MLB vice president Tony La Russa said. “How many times do you hear, ‘If that stuff had been here, I would have used it, too’?
“When you compete, you want to be as good as you possibly can be, and that includes finding every edge that makes you better. You’ve had guys scuffing balls and corking bats, too. You have to balance all that with sportsmanship and fair play.’‘
Posted: August 17, 2012 at 01:45 AM | 24 comment(s)
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