Your thoughts: Baseball & Steroids
In the wake of the Biogenesis rulings today, I wanted to switch things up a bit.
So this piece is meant to be a little different. Instead of me mostly just spilling out whatever thoughts come to mind, I want to hear what you guys think about quite a touchy subject: steroids/other substances currently banned by Major League Baseball. Why, you ask? Because I’ve heard many pros and cons about performance enhancing substance abuse from commentators and armchair athletes, but rarely from (specifically) baseball aficionados.
As an athlete myself, I can definitely sympathize with players who want an extra boost to their game. Heck, I even supplement with protein and pre-workout “energizers”. I’m no professional and so have no contractual pressure to perform at such a level, but can imagine why those who have made it to the big leagues would turn to steroids to make it easier for them to do so. At the same time, however, I am a firm believer in fair play and a clean game.
That’s where you guys come in as avid and knowledgeable fans of the beautiful sport of baseball. Where do you land on the performance enhancing substance debate? Do you think the suspensions handed down by Selig, et al. was appropriate, and why?
List of players who were suspended over the Biogenesis investigation:
Nelson Cruz, Rangers outfielder
Everth Cabrera, Padres shortstop
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers shortstop
Antonio Bastardo, Phillies reliever
Francisco Cervelli, Yankees catcher (on DL)
Jordany Valdespin, Mets outfielder (minors)
Jesus Montero, Mariners catcher (minors)
Cesar Puello, Mets outfielder (minors)
Sergio Escalona, Astros pitcher (minors)
Fernando Martinez, Yankees outfielder (minors)
Fautino De Los Santos, free-agent pitcher
Jordan Norberto, free-agent pitcher
Ryan Braun, Brewers outfielder (prior agreement w/ MLB)
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees third baseman