Let’s start off with what steroids actually do.Steroids cause an increase in muscle bulk,strength and endurance. So basically they make you a better athlete? Wrong. Steroids do not improve any of the factors that make an athlete good; for example agility, athletic skill, cardiovascualr capacity, or hand-eye coordination. They basically do nothing to help the performance of a player. If someone is terrible at hitting the ball steroids will not help them to get ahold of the ball. When they do finally hit the ball steroids will help them jack it out of the park though.
So after all of this, why are steroids banned from MLB? Steroids have been part of baseball history for years, but nobody knew it and if they did know it they did not care. This steroid usage gave way to the “Steroid era.” There is no definet starting point to this era and there is no ending point, but most believe it started in the late 1980’s. Steroids have been banned in MLB since 1991, but was not enforced until 2003. The league started implimenting leaguewide random testing which made it harder for players to get away with steroid use.
The main reason this banning occured was because of an increase in offensive output that made ridiculouse home run record during that time period. The highest number of homeruns in a season was 61 in 1961 by Roger Maris. After that it slowely began to rise and rise up to what it is today, 73 home runs by Barry Bonds.
- They are banned because it threatens the health of many athletes.
Causes tumors of the liver and kidneys, heart conditions and psychiatric problems
- They affect the integrity of baseball.
It’s not about whether you win or lose, its how you played the game.
- It makes the sport unfair.
It is not fair that one person uses steroids and hits homeruns more than someone who works hard and does not hit as many because his power is not there.
So do they really help a player with being the best of the best? Should they be legal in MLB? Thats your decision, but let us know what you think.
Chris Davis has been the hottest player in MLB so far this season. He started off the season against Tampa Bay only going 1 for 4 in the opening game, but he had a home run with 3 RBI’s. The second game he went 4 for 4 with another home run and 4 more RBI’s. He finished off the series going 2 for 3 with another home run and 4 more RBI’s. One more consecutive home run and he would have tied the record. Could he do it? Well it doesn’t matter what you think, because he did it, the next game against Minnesota he went 2 for 4 with a home run and 5 RBI’s.
Within the first four games of the season Davis had more RBI’s (16) than 17 Major League teams and twice as many RBI’s as the Padres, Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, Marlins, and the Pirates. He also had more RBI’s than any 2 players in baseball combined. He had more RBI’s than any player in baseball history throughout the first four games of a season, Three players held the previous record, which was 12 (Mark McGwire back in 1998). He is the first Orioles hitter to hit a home run in each of his first 4 games, and he is tied with 3 other players, including Willie Mays, Mark McGuire, and Nelson Cruz. The last player to drive in 11 runs in a 3 game series was Cal Ripken Jr. back in 1996 against the Mariners; Davis drove in 11 runs against Tampa Bay to start off the season. Davis also has the Orioles club record for most home runs over a 10 game span with 10 and over an 11 game span with 11.
So, with all of these records is Chris Davis going to be the next Babe Ruth this year? Probably not. The 3 other players that hit 4 home runs in 4 consecutive games all had amazing years. Mark McGwire started off his season with 4 home runs and that season he hit the most home runs in a season (70). Nelson Cruz had one of the best years of his career in 2011 with 29 home runs batting average of .263.
Chris Davis may not be the next Babe Ruth, but this could be signs of the power hitter that Baltimore has been searching for for years now. Expect him to go in a home run drought for a week or so, that’s what the past shows with Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz. Hopefully he will not be looking for a bomb every time he is at bat because he will end up with the record in MLB for strikeouts which no fan of MLB wants to see.