Throughout the history of the sport, baseball has seemingly always been plagued with scandals. In the early 1900s, the era of gambling had its foothold in baseball, most notably with the Chicago Black Sox in 1919, who bet against themselves in the world series then threw the games in order to make large sums of money. Advance to the late 1990s, and the MLB was defined by the steroid era. A period when many ball players used steroids to elevate their game in order to survive in this cutthroat business. Even Though the league has been cracking down hard on steroid use during the last decade, like Bob Nightengale said in one of his articles, “the steroid era might be over in baseball, but pervasive cheating will be around as long as pine tar and the rosin bag”. Players are continually using testosterone to cheat the system, “It’s easy, Conte said, to use testosterone without being caught. Take it before you go to sleep, and by the time you get to the ballpark the next day, your testosterone level is too low to register a blip on the drug screen”. Not All sport leagues test for testosterone. According to the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Major League Hockey does not test their players. The purpose of using these steroids and testosterone is used to treat uncontrolled weight loss in wasting diseases, anabolic steroids have also been taken by bodybuilders and athletes seeking increased muscle mass, strength, and stamina. In a Sports illustrated piece, Tom Verducci writes about the road of four baseball players who were drafted by the Minnesota Twins during the early 2000s. All four players were pitchers who were tall but thin and who didn’t quite have enough arm power to be successful in the big leagues. All four players spent much of their careers in triple-A(the step below the majors). However one of them began using steroids, and within four years, added fifty pounds and 10 mph onto his fastball. Verducci discusses how the three unsuccessful players felt anger towards the cheater, because even though they were among the hardest workers on the team they were cut unlike the other. One of the players said that he was given opportunity to begin “juicing” but said that he would feel guilt and shame if the only reason why he was successful was because he cheated.Tags: baseball MLB PED
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