The first word that comes to your mind when your hear the word baseball is steroids. Yes, drugs such as steroids and Human Growth Hormones can be dangerous to the players but don’t they add excitement to the game? Very few people would want to waste 3 hours of their day watching a game with only a few hits and only a couple runs scored. Steroids and HGH may not be the worse thing for baseball if they add excitement to the game.
Major League baseball has changed the game of baseball by testing for steroids at all professional levels. Baseball “die-hards” commend the MLB for getting rid of steroids. However, the game has been significantly hurt. Average fans really did not care about players using steroids because it made it more fun to watch. The height of steroids use was from 1990-2004. In ’98 Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa changed the game of baseball forever. This highlight season was filled with drama and excitement. prior to this year, the home run record was 61. Sosa and McGwire shattered the record. Sosa finished with 66 HR and McGwire finished with 70 HR. This created a buzz around baseball that wa never seen before. The whole country was on the edge of their seats with every at-bat. A few years later in 2001, Barry Bonds shocked the world by hitting 73 HR. Although these players’ legacies have been tainted due to steroid use, they brought the game to a level that will never be reached again.
TV ratings for the World Series have gone down by almost 25% since 2004. Major League baseball believes they saved baseball by getting rid of all steroid use, but unknowingly they took the “X-Factor” out of the game. Scoring has decreased .5 runs per game. Since 2004, there have only been five players to hit more than 50 home runs and no one has hit more than 58 HR in a season. Without the home runs, baseball is becoming less relevant in today’s society.
There are many times in life where we must look the other way in order to get the outcome that is best for all parties involved. After looking at how baseball has changed over the past five to six years, it seems like steroids didn’t kill the game. They actually helped raise fan interest. Human Growth Hormones are on the verge of being banned by the MLB. This might put an end to all big-hitting players. We may never see a player hit more than 40 home runs in a season. In order to keep growing, MLB must find a way to keep fans interested. Everyone can agree that these supplements can be considered a way of cheating and they can be harmful to the user but the players that used these supplements produced results that allowed baseball to grow as a whole.
Should Major League Baseball not have banned the use of steroids in order to keep fans interested?
Would the ending that would have occurred, the MLB having higher TV ratings and excitement, have been worth not banning steroids?