3/28/2005

Government, Steroids & Baseball

In an article entitled Throwing Some Heat the House Government Reform Committee administered an 11-hour scolding to Major League Baseball due to steroid use and policy. Tom Davis, a republican from Virginia chairs the committee and says that the reprimands are far from over. President Bush in his 2004 State of the Union adress, adressed the matter of steroids in professional sports and pleaded for leagues to "get tough" on steroids for the sake of children who see drugs as the only way to compete at elite levels. While performance-enhancing drugs have always been an issue in elite sports, critics say that Major League Baseball has been especially bad about keeping them out. Organizations such as the National Football League and the U.S. Olympic teams have more rigrous tests and harsher sanctions. In Major League Baseball a player's first steriod offense gives them a 10-day suspension and their fourth offense is a year suspension, whereas in the NFL a player's first steroid offense is a quarter season suspension and an olympic athelete's first steroid offense is a two-year suspension. Are Major League Baseball's steroid policy in need of adjustment? Is this something that Major League Baseball could have fixed without government intervention? Is baseball and the new records being broken loosing validity?

5 comments:

Nick said...

There is no way that MLB would have changed their policies if it hadn't been for government regulations. It is very easy to get into the groove of thing and say that is good enough.

Harry said...

I think that the steroid policy is in need of some adjustment. It is not strick enough. Seriously look if the government really want to put an end to steroids then they need to start with harsher laws. It is not a good lesson that is being taught to children, that drugs make you a stronger person. Because children do look up to altheletes as role models.

Bart said...

I think that they should crack down on steroid use, but i also think that it is a big waste of our govt. officials time to have hearings when they could be spending time on more important issues.

Dr. Tufte said...

-2 on Chuck's post and -1 on Harry's comment for spelling errors.

I hate this issue because there are no good answers. Most people - myself included - would like the athletes to play without drugs. (Of course, the reality is that many of them have always been high on one thing or another).

But, the problem is that this really comes back to prohibition, which doesn't have a good history. We need to face up to the fundamental fact that players use drugs because of the payoff if they do well. So, if we want them to stop using drugs, we should probably stop paying them when they're successful - but that ain't gonna' work.

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