Steroids: Ending Baseball's Greatest Era

Shanan H.Analyst IMarch 12, 2009

The Steroid Era may have been baseball's greatest era. With many records being broken, and teams seeming to do too well to believe, the era seemed a dream, a fantasy, something that could never, ever, happen. Well, that is true. The Steroid era wouldn't have happened without one prime ingredient:


(By the way, my definition of the "Steroid Era" is from 1991-2009.)

A long list of players are on the Michell report, and every one of those players somehow could be associated with a banned substance. It's a long list:

Manny Alexander
Chad Allen
Rick Ankiel
David Bell
Mark Bell
Gary Bennett
Marvin Bernard
Larry Bigbie
Barry Bonds
Ricky Bones
Kevin Brown
Paul Byrd
Alex Cabrera
Jose Canseco
Ken Caminiti
Mike Camreon
Jason Christiansen
Howie Clark
Roger Clemens
Paxton Crawford
Jack Cust
Chris Donnells
Brendan Donnely
Lenny Dykstra
Bobby Estalella
Matt Franco
Ryan Franklin
Eric Gagne
Jay Gibbons
Jason Giambi
Jeremy Giambi
Troy Glaus
Juan Gonzalez
Jason Grimsley
Jose Guillen
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Matt Herges
Phil Hiatt
Glenallen Hill
Darren Holmes
Todd Hundley
Wally Joyner
Mike Judd
David Justice
Chuck Knoblauch
Tim Laker
Mike Lansing
Paul Lo Duca
Nook Logan
Josias Manzanillo
Gary Matthews Jr.
Mark McGwire
Cody McKay
Kent Merker
Bart Miadich
Hal Morris
Daniel Naulty
Denny Neagle
Rafael Palmeiro
Jim Parque
Andy Pettitte
Adam Piatt
Todd Pratt
Armando Rios
Stephen Randolph
Adam Riggs
Brian Roberts
John Rocker
F.P. Santangelo
Benito Santiago
Gary Sheffield
Scott Schoeneweis
David Segui
Mike Stanton
Ricky Stone
Miguel Tejada
Derrick Turnbow
Ismael Valdez
Randy Velarde
Mo Vaughn
Ron Villone
Fernando Vina
Rondell White
Jeff Williams
Matt Williams
Todd Williams
Steve Woodward
Kevin Young
Gregg Zaun

Notice someone missing?

If you want, you can add Alex Rodriguez to the end of this list.

Many attempts have been made to try to end this era. Not one of them seems to have worked. Players are still admitting to usage, and we are still in an agonizing Barry Bonds debate. So, what's my idea?

Players who took steroids: Fess up. Please, it makes this all easier. Although this is hard to tell players to do after what happened to Jason Giambi.

He was harshly treated by the public, and especially by New Yorkers. And the same happened to A-Rod. However, I still think fessing up is best. I like A-Rod way more than Bonds, just because Rodriguez fessed up.

My big plan: The years players took steroids should be erased from the books. This seems fair. If we took their whole careers, then we're losing players. But if nothing is done, there is no punishment. Take away the fixed seasons, and boom, players will learn their lesson.

The Steroid era is on it's way to ending, with fresh talent coming from the minors. The next couple years of baseball will show off some great, young, clean, talent, as long as baseball continues it's steroid punishments.