Alex Rodriguez Essay 1

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Diandra James
Module 3 Case 3 due Feb 21, 2011

Should Alex Rodriquez be banned from playing Major League Baseball? As always, make sure to show how your position is for the greatest good (utility) and respects basic rights (deontology). Please write a three page paper answering this question and upload it in by the end of this module.


The problem of steroid use has been a continuing issue for Major League Baseball since the mid 90’s and has become bigger than ever in recent years. With players like David Wells estimating that between 25 to 40 percent of MLB players are “juiced” or Jose Canseco stating that as many as 85 percent of MLB players use steroids, it’s apparent that it is time for something to be done. Using steroids is cheating, and with this many players cheating, one has to think that either the rules are not strict enough or the league owners just don’t care. The MLB needs to make a harsh change in the rules regarding steroid use. The abundance of banned substances being used is embarrassing the sport, is making it extremely unfair for players who choose not to cheat, and is portraying the message that it is acceptable to break the rules.

Currently, if a player fails a drug test for steroids use they are suspended for 50 games, 100 games, and a lifetime ban for first, second, and third offenses, respectively. Players who are given the lifetime ban are able to apply for reinstatement after two years. If Wells’ estimation is correct around 350 to 450 major leaguers are using steroids. However, since most of the users go undetected or are not caught through failing a drug test, only a list of twenty-two players have been...
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