Science and Technology of Steroids and Destruction on America’s Pastime
Dec 21st 2012
On December 13th, 2007, a file called The Mitchell Report was released to Major League Baseball(MLB) claiming that eighty nine players within the system had been using illegal performance enhancing drugs. This twenty one month, four hundred and nine page report was made by former Democratic United States Senator, George Mitchell. This report created major shockwaves not only within the playerst, but the fans of baseball and sports everywhere. Childhood heroes like Roger Clemens or Andy Pettitte to Hall of Fame record holders like Barry Bonds's careers were shattered. Performance enhancing drugs have been a problem in sports since they were created and proven to help a normal, average joe to become a worldwide athlete. The element of steroids is especially present in the world of baseball when it made headlines everywhere due to the Mitchell Report. The science and technology behind the introduction of steroids ruined the game of baseball by stereotyping future players, stealing away past legacies before steroids, and by taking away the element of fair play. Natural or synthetic, baseball players of the present and future will be stereotyped to be users based on their success. The word “steroid” in the world of professional baseball is more commonly talked about then the word bat or glove. Steroids are becoming a household name to baseball fans. Any young player is now being questioned for the use of steroids for every success he has had in becoming a young star. Steroids are always in the back of our fans and scouts’ minds when looking at a young kid. With future players being scouted at such young ages like 16-18 years of old, they become stereotyped for the usage of steroids with no chance to really prove themselves. Androgenic-anabolic steroids are the type of steroids most commonly used by athletes. The word...
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