Effects Of Steroids In Baseball

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Jose Canseco, a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who admitted to the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), once said, “I don 't recommend steroids for everyone, but for certain individuals, I truly believe, because I 've experimented with it for so many years, that it can make an average athlete a super athlete. It can make a super athlete incredible. Just legendary” (Bodley). PEDs promote muscle growth without the fatigue that comes with normal muscle building activities, allowing athletes to work longer, harder, and recover quicker. This is what draws many players in the MLB to performance enhancing drugs, the fact that they allow players to quickly become physical specimens beyond the capacity a normal person could ever achieve. To …show more content…
But, it is not enough to contain steroids degrading effects on baseball. Therefore, the MLB needs to institute a zero tolerance policy, because the potential consequences do not outweigh the financial opportunities for both players and franchises.
By taking PEDs players subject themselves to many physical side effects causing damage to the body. Some of the lighter side effects include baldness, severe acne, and high blood pressure (Mayo Clinic Staff). But these conditions pale in comparison to some of the more life altering side effects. They can create abnormalities in major organs throughout the body, causing liver deformities, tumors, and circulatory heart problems. Another dramatic effect is with increased muscle mass and weight, tendons and ligaments are not always able to support the extra weight. As a result, tendons
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Fans are interested with the offensive side of baseball. Home runs and high scoring games draw more fans into stadiums, increasing team’s revenue. By comparing the Pre-Steroid Era (before 1994) to the Steroid Era (after 1994), team 's average profit margin increased 4.7%, meaning MLB franchises saw an average increase in revenue of 52.2 million dollars per year (Grossman). By maintaining the status quo, owners are able to develop larger profits every year. So, owners enforce a timid drug policy, trying to make it seem like they are against the PED problem, when actually they benefit from player’s

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