Steroids: A Media Disaster

Martin BlackContributor IMay 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Portrait of Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice before the game between the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Steroids are a horrible problem in the game of baseball. It is a disgrace to the game, the teams, and the fans. Whenever we think the problem is gone, another story breaks of another player alleged of steroid use.

What bothers me, though, is the media's treatment of the situation. I, being a real baseball fan, know and understand the implications of steroid use. But the media has distorted the reality of steroids and has caused a lot of pain in the process.

Yesterday's report of Dodger's outfielder Manny Ramirez taking steroids was not a shock to me at all. I have long been convinced that every long-ball hitter in the game now, with the exception of Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard, have taken steroids at least once in their career.

I think this because of what the guilty players have said. Almost all of their testimonials have been that it was a culture in the clubhouses in the late 80's into the new century.

This may come as a surprise to some fans, but I do not hold steroid use against the players. I hold the owners and especially Bud Selig responsible. They all knew about it long before any stories ever broke and chose to look the other way because ratings were good.

I condemn the media for its treatment of athletes under allegations. Lives have been ruined and reputations have been lost of these athletes. The media should be attacking the owners and the Major League Baseball Front Office and not the individual players.

Another problem about the steroid reports is that the only players that actually get talked about are long-ball hitters. When players like Fernando Vina or Chuck Knoblauch were accused of steroid use, no one bothered to talk about it extensively. The media's treatment of the situation is unfair and immoral.

I also can't stand to see news reports about steroid users. When Manny's story broke, I thought, "Great, now instead of watching stories about the NBA or NHL Playoffs, I get to hear hours on end about exactly when and how Manny Ramirez went about his steroid use."

It's the same story over and over again and it takes up the time of what real sports fans really want to hear about.

It's a known fact that players have taken steroids. I have gotten past it as a baseball fan and do not consider it an issue anymore. My proof: STATS HAVE GONE DOWN. It should be left as it is. The problem is over, STOP HOGGING NEWS AND DESTROYING REPUTATIONS OVER NON-ISSUES!