Steroids Era: Is Enough Being Done?

Katelyn GrabarekSenior Analyst IMay 14, 2008

Is anyone else slightly disturbed that the man who holds one of baseball's most prestigious records was charged with 14 counts of perjury and one count of obstructing justice yesterday?

What kind of image is being portrayed to the younger generations? 

I grew up idolizing the likes of Sammy Sosa and the other elite baseball players of the late 90's.  It disturbs me to think that they were cheaters.  My heart broke when the corked bat was found in 2003.  No kid wants to think of thier idols as cheaters. 

That's what tomorrow's generations are being faced with if the trend continues without any punishment.  A slap on the wrist is basically what they're getting for using steroids right now.

Sure baseball has started to crack down more in recent years, but is it enough?

No.  More needs to be done and not only in baseball.  However, I think baseball is at the forefront in the eyes of sports fans in this nation.  I mean no offense to the NBA, NHL, or NFL, but baseball was the thing that brought this nation together after September 11.

Tennis players that test positive have a harsher punishment for the positive test than baseball players right now around the world (1 year ban for second positive test). 

The NFL suspends players for four games without pay for one positive test, eight games for a second positive test, and 12 months for a third.  The NFL also holds the longest standing substance abuse policy, as theirs began in 1987.

Current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's term will likely be remembered for two things.  The 2001 All Star Game debacle in Miller Park, and how he handles the steroid era.

Selig would be well advised to follow suit on some of the other professional sports and take a firmer stand on this issue.  It's a travesty that the federal government had to come in and investigate this because baseball's head honchos hadn't  properly investigated this issue.