Negative Effects Of Steroids On Baseball

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The roar of the crowd awakens the neighboring communities as the ball cracks off the bat and leaps into the stands. As a kid, I can remember countless situations where this was the case, but it seems as of lately that is false due to one thing. Steroids and the aftermath they have caused throughout baseball. Anabolic steroids are a group of synthetic hormones that promote the storage of protein and the growth of tissue, sometimes used by athletes to increase muscle size and strength (anabolic). Steroids in the game of baseball have forever tarnished the image of America’s pastime. In the paragraphs to come, I will be discussing three negative effects that steroids have on the game of baseball. When you hear the word “steroid” you think…show more content…
When you think of baseball, you think of America’s past time and all of the great ones who have played the game. Not anymore you don’t. Baseball is now being put under the microscope and scrutinized by sports fans all around. People just don’t look at the game the same as they did before. One of the biggest scandals involving steroids was the Mitchell Report. “The Mitchell Report is the culmination of 21 months of investigating into illegal steroids and human growth hormones use within in the MLB conducted by former US Senator George J. Mitchell (Steroids). This report included big names such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Jose Canseco as well as countless others. The baseball world was shocked when the report came out and sent the game into a spiral downward out of control. Baseball was starting to be viewed as a “cheaters sport.” This being the case, the Mitchell Report came out with steps to try and eliminate steroids from baseball, but like all diseases it still crept softly behind closed doors. “There were a number of conclusions and recommendations reached by Mitchell and summarized in his report but one of the most striking observations was that though testing for banned substances had improved and mandatory random testing was working to some degree. However, the player response was not to stop using performance enhancing substances but to switch to one that was undetectable or less detectable such as human growth hormones (Steroids). Players still didn’t see the point that steroids are a form a cheating, and chose to dig a deeper hole for themselves. Unlike those cowards, one individual manned up to his mistakes and spoke with 60 Minutes about his steroid use and that with others. “I don’t recommend steroids for everyone and I don’t recommend growth hormones for everyone,” Canseco tells Mike Wallace. “But for certain

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