Why Steroids Are Bad for Major League Baseball

After the MLB labor dispute in the mid 1990’s, many people think that Major League Baseball has been in the “Steroids Era” since. Numerous high profile MLB players have already been accused of steroid use and some, like Jose Canseco, even admitted it openly, crediting the usage of steroids for his entire career. Actually, Conseco wrote a book called “Juiced” which documented the utilization and impact of steroids in baseball.
According to Canseco, up to 85% of MLB players currently playing today are using performance enhancing drugs. Jose’s book titled “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits and How Baseball Got Big” names many well-known players who’ve used steroids during their professional careers.
Another player, Ken Caminiti, came forward about his steroid use and detailed the damage the drug did to his body. Caminiti admitted that his body had mostly stopped producing testosterone and that his testicles have gotten much smaller. As a matter of known fact, his body only had 20% of the normal level of testosterone. And even though Ken Caminiti clearly knew the damage it did to his body, he still confessed he would have done it all over again if he previously another chance. Ken eventually died as a result of his steroid use. (from Wikipedia)
Several beloved MLB players have stood accused of using these performance boosting drugs. Names like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Jason Giambi have been tarnished by the claims. Their records and awards have all come under question since they weren’t achieved naturally, but with chemical assistance banned by MLB commissioner Bud Selig.
A company referred to as BALCO, the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative has been cited as a central way to obtain steroids to athletes in lots of sports. BALCO was an American based nutritional supplements company run by Victor Conte.
BALCO made and marketed a steroid dubbed “The Clear”, also known as THG, or tetrahydrogestrinone, which was created by a BALCO chemist named Patrick Arnold (from Washington Post)
In 2003, the company’s role in a drug sports scandal was investigated by two journalists; Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada. The scandal was known as the BALCO Affair and focused on the distribution of the Clear to many high profile athletes in America and Europe over an interval of several years by Conte, Greg Anderson, a weight trainer and Remi Korchemni, a coach.
The investigation was aided by a tip from US Olympic sprint coach Trevor Graham in 2003. Graham supplied a syringe containing traces of the substance known as “the Clear”. A test to detect the Clear originated plus some 20 Olympic class athletes tested positive for the drug. Marion Jones, an Olympic track star, just admitted to using steroids after years of public denial. She said she used them to prepare for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and the Olympics committee has taken away all her medals. (from the Washington Post)
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Later, a search of the BALCO facilities uncovered litigant list with names including Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Gary Sheffield and some other MLB players.