Steroids in Sports: What Major League Baseball is Doing Right

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer IMay 17, 2008

How long has it been since you have heard the word "steroid" or "performence-enhancing drug" brought up during a baseball game?

It's been a while.

When you look at the National Football League, however, talk of steroids have not seemed to stop.

The latest episode from the NFL Steroid saga is that of a convicted steroid dealer. NFL investigators are interviewing him, trying to work their way through the impenetrable web.

Good luck with that fellas.

The method the NFL is taking is completely and utterly wrong. Commissioner Roger Goodell and gang are going after the problem bit-by-bit, piece-by-piece.

I, for one, greatly appreciated MLB's attempt to rid baseball of steroids. They allowed George Mitchell to conduct an independent investigation into the world of steroids in sports. What they found was not only interesting, but convicting.

115 players were named in the report to either have admittedly taken steroids or HGH, tested positive in a drug test, or been otherwise implicated with anything.

That led to the discovery of 17 players who admitted their faults and dealings with performance-enhancing drugs. What does the NFL have to back their technique?

Because of this massive crack-down approach MLB has taken, you haven't heard the words "performance-enhancing drugs" yet this season.

Instead, MLB commissioner Bud Selig is trying to direct attention elsewhere.

There has been much debate recently over bats used by baseball players. Some people feel that maple bats (which weren't even popular until after Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs off maple in 2001) tend to break too much.

The leading candidate for replacement is ash, but there are other groups who feel that the problem is not in the type of the bat, but in the size and dimension.

Bravo, Bud Selig.

While the NFL is still publicly poking away at steroids in their sports, you just blew the cover off illegal drugs in your sport.

Is he gloating? Not a chance.

"I watch a lot of games, and I'm concerned," Commissioner Bud Selig said regarding maple bats breaking.

The Player's Association will soon be brought into this, and much good, healthy discussion will take place.

 

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