Alex Rodriguez is on the cusp of hitting his 600th career home run, becoming only the 7th player in baseballs history to do so. He will join the ranks of Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr, and Sammy Sosa. However, A-Rod's recent steroid accusations have many people saying there should be an asterik by his name on the records list.
He's not the only one, Barry Bonds is probably the biggest name on this list to be accused. With all the rash of steroid accusations recently I was thinking, does it really Matter?
It seems that all my favorite players growing up are now being accused of steroids. Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, and now even players from this generation are being accused. Steroids just became a big topic in baseball recently. If you look back in the time of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, they weren't worried about steroids. So you have to wonder, did they use them? Should there be an asterik by their name?
There's no way to tell who on the records list has or has not taken some sort of performance enhancing drug. They obviously won't come out and admit it. With steroids surrounding a lot of people on this list, why just put an asterik by one persons name? Should you put one by everyones name?
I say legalize steroids. This way all players have equal opportunity to use them. It's not just the power hitters either, Jerry Hairston Jr's name was on the Mitchell Report. When asked why, it was to strengthen his legs so he could get faster. So lets just let every player have access to it or not.
Most people will say that would be bad for baseball, because the honest players who don't use it wont be able to perform as well against those who do.
Look at it this way, those honest players who don't use them, will have longer careers.
I'm not saying to condone cheating, because it infuriates me. However, it's already going on, and players like Griffey still performed at higher standards than others. I see no problem in it being legal. Just as I see no credit in giving honor where honor is due, A-Rod will reach his 600th home run this week. Lets congratulate him.