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Modern Day Witch Hunts: Steroids in Baseball
Transcript of Modern Day Witch Hunts: Steroids in Baseball
Time Period: 1990's - present
People Involved: Jose Conseco, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Trainers, and Teams
Reason why: Players wanted to get ripped and become stronger in order to hit balls farther so they can make a name for themselves. Background Information Accused The Accused and the Accuser Justification for Use of Steroids Modern Day Witch Hunts: Steroids in Baseball Jose Conseco, Mark Maguire, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Trainers, Teams Accusers Major League Baseball and Supreme Court Background Jose Conseco Canseco is known as the godfather of steroids and he is considered the man who ruined baseball. Canseco has admitted using performance enhancing drugs during his playing career, and wrote a tell-all book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, in which he claimed that the vast majority of MLB players use steroids. Mark McGwire On January 11, 2010, McGwire admitted to using steroids on and off for a decade and said, "I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era." Alex Rodriguez In an interview with ESPN after the report came out, citing "an enormous amount of pressure to perform," Rodriguez admitted to using banned substances from 2001 to 2003. Barry Bonds Barry Bonds's case was one of the most famous because Bonds lied while under oath about his alleged use of steroids. Consequences of the "witch hunt" Many sports associations such as the NFL have banned the use of steroids. They give an unfair advantage to the user as well as long term side effects that that causes damage to the body. The can damage the reproductive system by causing to produce too much testosterone, stunt the body growth, and put you at risk for heart attacks. Biases Social Diffrences
Many Americans lost respect for the game and didn't want to know anything about a sport full of cheaters. Economic gains/losses
Since many people did not want to go to games or buy MLB products, the MLB lost alot of money, causing the value of teams to go down. Steroids provide an athlete with a chemical advantage which is frowned upon and seen as an unfair advantage. Side affects include: liver tumors, jaundice, high blood pressure, sever acne, shrinkage of the testacles and mood swings and temper known as “roid rage”. Additional Information Before the 1990’s the use of steroids in baseball was unheard of. Suddenly, in early 1990’s there was a sudden spike in the results of baseball players. Athlete’s slugging percantage suddenly went to an all time high. This cause more drug tests and more players tested positive. How is this considered a witch hunt? The usual excuses
"I took steroids in order to recover from an injury, it is legal" The real reason why athletes take them is because they want to be bigger, faster, and have enough power to somewhat become a brick wall.