Let Steroids Into The Hall Of Fame Analysis

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In the article “Let Steroids into the Hall of Fame,” by Zev Chafets the author strongly supports the use of steroids in baseball. The overall theme of the story illustrates the concept of steroids shaping the way we know baseball today, with it’s concerning influence on the youth who view players as their role models. The author begins with the background history on steroids in baseball and supports the claim that players have altered the game since the beginning, as many of the famous players were discovered users of performance enhancing drugs. Due to this, there has been several confrontations on whether or not users should be removed from the hall of fame. With this all in mind, I strongly disagree with the author and believe that steroids …show more content…
Such as the explosion in home run hitting between the 1990s and early 2000s. This was “highlighted in 1998 by the home-run race between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, both whom used steroids (Chafets 21). Although several players have been caught for drug use, there are still players to consider that haven’t been revealed or questioned on whether or not they dereve their fame. Just take a minute and consider those players who accomplished their goals on making into the hall of fame without the assistance of illegal drugs. Many of them are not recognized and treated as less or equal to those who cheated their way in. Another factor to consider is that people dislike change, and if the MBL where to crack down on notable players from the past, baseball would have certainly have some new records and players added to the leaderboards. This may irritate some people with the changes, however I believe that all should be understood in the long run. If not, there could be two separate sections of records, one with the influence of steroids and the other without up until the date of when the prevention of drug laws were …show more content…
These players look up to their role models and dream of accomplishing near, equal, or above them to make their mark and enter the hall of fame. Despite the training each player goes through, many of them will want the easy and risky path even if it has a potential of harming their health and career. These athleagues will keep in mind that if there “heros” made it using drugs and all worked out for them, why wouldn't the same be for me? This sense of attitude only lures the game closer to it’s downfall, however people argue that the “chemical enhancement won’t kill the game; it is the cover-up that could be fatal”(Chafets 22). I partially agree with this statement, in terms of the cover-up being fatal, nevertheless the chemical enhancements only bring a sense of dishonesty with one another. Without the dishonesty and steroid use, there would be no need for a cover-up and the problems would be resolved. Thus, the majority of potential steroid users may be unaware on the potential health effects as well.

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