Is Baseball Even a Real Sport Anymore?

Rory KingContributor IAugust 1, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at bat during the game against the Houston Astros on July 16, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Amid all the steroid scandal, can we count on baseball to be America's favorite past-time anymore?

It seems to be that the credibility of Major League Baseball is falling apart.

A lot of our favorite ball players are being outed as cheaters. David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Jason Giambi are just a few of the despicable cheaters. Baseball may be tainted for years to come, and it seems that every time a new hot star has risen, we have to question if they use steroids.

Major league Baseball must do a better job of getting this under control before this sport is stereotyped as a cheaters game.

David Ortiz was a huge advocate for harsher penalties for PED offenders, only to be uncovered as an offender himself. We should be able to trust our stars, since they get paid millions of dollars to represent our respective cities and states, yet they disgrace us with this less than honorable mess.

In my opinion, anyone who has been identified as an offender should be given six-month suspension, and larger fines. They are damaging the credibility of this game, as well as anyone who believes in them.

Can we trust that the teams who make it to October have not used any kind of steroids to give them an edge? Or should we just sit back let the PED's flow and watch the balls fly out of the parks, pitches break the catcher's hands, and steroid rage ruin the fun of the games.

This era of steroids has stained the game, and it's going to take a large effort on the part of the MLB to fix the damage received from this dishonesty to the fans. Any player who is on PED's does not deserve the credit they get, nor will they get it.