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Solutions Showcase Investigation: PEDs in The MLB

Baltimore Orioles v/s Texas Rangers April 9, 2011

Many players, including numerous players for the Baltimore Orioles, have been vocal in their support for harsh penalties for players caught using PEDs. “Baltimore Orioles v/s Texas Rangers April 9, 2011. Photo Credit: Kris Robinson, Flickr.

When you reach the collegiate and/or professional level of baseball, there are many options you have when it comes to PEDs. Of course, the right option is to not take them at all, but given the competitive nature of the sport, that is not always what people want to do. There are big name companies, and small name companies. Big name drugs, and small name drugs. But, the penalty is the same despite the magnitude of the drug, or company.

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Syringes are one of the main ways that players will administer the illegal substances. Roger Clemens is famous for allegedly being injected by his trainer. Photo Credit: Cristian C, Flickr.

The first thing some people might wonder is “why would someone even want to do that to their body?” The harsh reality is that some people have no other place to turn. They are so desperate to see their performance increase that they will potentially harm themselves and risk getting caught and suspended. The chance that you will be caught in the MLB is high, especially with regular drug tests. But, the suspension will depend on the number of offenses the person has committed. If it is someone’s first offense, the suspension will be 80 games. For the second offense, 162 games (entire season, plus postseason). For someone’s third PED offense, they will receive a lifetime ban from the MLB.

One player that was banned from the league recently is Jenrry Mejia. Mejia, a relief pitcher for the New York Mets, had failed his third drug test. He, along with many others, have failed to abstain from PEDs, and suffered the consequences for his actions. Just think that injecting something into your body can make you lose your job, and stop making money. Is it really worth the risk?

Another controversial discussion in the performance enhancing drug world is the case of Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez is a 14 time All-Star Third Baseman, and a 2 time Gold Glove award winner. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers, and played for the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. In 2013, Rodriguez tested positive for using primobolan, a common testosterone booster. But, here’s the interesting part: he was still allowed to play. This is because he immediately appealed to the MLB to lift his suspension. He played the remaining 49 games of the 2013 season in between the decision, and the hearing for his appeal. He was then suspended for the entire 2014 season (including the postseason). Rodriguez has since been reinstated into the league, and is playing in his second season after coming back from suspension.

Is baseball, America's pastime, compromised and corrupted by the use of PEDs? Photo Credit: Kris Robinson, Flickr.

Is baseball, America’s pastime, compromised and corrupted by the use of PEDs? Photo Credit: Kris Robinson, Flickr.

To make it to the major leagues, you must already be considered a “great” baseball player. But for the ones who used to be great, or want to be noticed, they will be put in the mindset that immediate results from PEDs are more effective than the repetitiveness of hard work. This is the psychological side of the players. They believe that “juicing up” with a bunch of drugs is going to make them play better, and rise to the top. While your ability might become better, you will actually end up in a worse spot than you started in. You can be suspended, and your reputation as a professional player will definitely be tarnished. Not to mention you can potentially damage your body.

Baseball is America’s pastime. Founded by Abner Doubleday in 1839, baseball has been played and enjoyed for almost 200 years. But, Abner did not make the game of baseball hoping that one day science would come along and compromise it. The implementation of performance enhancing drugs has a changed the face of modern day baseball. People are deciding to take the short path to results, rather than playing the game of baseball the way it was meant to be played. Baseball is meant to be played with intensity, relaxation, and focus. Not intensity, relaxation, focus, and drugs.

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