The Integrity of Baseball Compromised by Steroid Use

Chris RichardsonContributor IMarch 13, 2008

With the beginning of baseball's spring training period, inevitably there will be stars brought into the limelight.

At this point, those attention-getting players aren't always who you think they might be. Sometimes they are kids from the minor leagues or unproven youngsters destined for the majors.

Usually these are the guys who will simply flash and disappear, forever forgotten in the baseball world. You might think that the biggest questions surrounding these guys are things like: Who are they? What will they become?

In this day and age, that is not the case.

The questions we now ask of anyone who excels at the game of baseball have nothing to do with that kind of excitement. The first thing that comes to mind is, "Are they real superstars or, just jacked up on steroids?"

I strongly believe that steroids have no place in any sport, but I know that they exist.

"But why do they?" you might ask. It's because certain athletes will do anything to get the little edge that makes them "better" than everyone else.

Steroids make athletes perform at a higher level than normal for a short period of time as the athlete cycles on the juice.

After that, the athlete reverts to his previous level of play. This makes them need it more and more. Steroids are like any other addiction or drug. The more they are used, the more they are needed.

What they don't seem to factor into the equation is the risk.

The more you use, the more it breaks you down. To me there is a huge problem there. I think anyone who would sink so low doesn't belong in the game of baseball.