An Alternative View of Steroids in Baseball

Dominic Jimenez@bigfrostydomjContributor IFebruary 5, 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 12:  Dr Peter Braun, Medical Director for the 2010 Australian Olympic Winter Team holds a needle as he prepares to give snowboarder Joh Shaw a vaccination as Shaw takes part in a vaccination program in the lead up to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at the Victorian Institute of Sport on November 12, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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I want to start by saying that I believe that steroids and other similar drugs HAVE NO PLACE IN SPORTS. With that said, I just want to provide an alternative view of steroids that people may not have thought of before.

Though steroids were banned in 1991 by then commissioner Fay Vincent, testing did not come about until 2002. With no repercussions for using it, there was no reason for a player to NOT use steroids.

I was thinking about steroids in general, and I drew a comparison to other sports. Before testing began, I see that steroids could be viewed as an upgrade in equipment. Even if we go further back before commissioner Vincent's letter to teams saying that steroids were illegal, think about it, the use of steroids was a revolutionary concept if considered an equipment upgrade.

In bowling, the use of new finishes on the outside of balls and the use of weights inside of the ball were not considered cheating when first used. It was a technological advancement. In golf, the first player to transition from wooden heads to metal heads was not called a cheater, but revolutionary. And in baseball, the changing of balls, gloves, cleats, and the woods in bats have all changed since the sports' beginnings.

I think it's safe to say that all of these players performances were "enhanced." Performance enhancing drugs are banned. So you may not be open to thinking about performance enhancing drugs as equipment upgrades, this alternative view of steroids is just simply something to ponder.