Steroids During The League Baseball Essay

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The Steroid Era in Major League Baseball lasted from the 1990’s to 2004. It was a time where players from all around the league took performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to improve themselves. It came to an end in October, 2003. According to “Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Baseball” by California State University Professor Paul D. Staudohar, when the San Francisco Chronicle posted that the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) had been giving out illegal performance enhancing drugs to athletes across the world (Staudohar, 5). Famous professional baseball players that have confessed or been caught taking PEDs include: Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and Sammy Sosa. Everybody knows that steroids are a form of cheating, and some say it can ruin the integrity of the game. However, how did performance enhancing drugs affect Major League Baseball? Reporters, authors, and journalists from around the country have been trying to figure out the answer to that question. Doctors and reporters believe that cheating with steroids should be something encouraged in the MLB. For example, Dr. Robert Simon, PhD, a professor at Hamilton College, stated in Fair Play: The Ethics of Sports via that if people in general can do whatever it takes to succeed in what they are trying to do, “shouldn 't athletes have the same freedom as anyone else?” (Simon). Dr. Simon also goes on to say that if athletes are willing to take the health risk to better themselves from the use of…

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