The topic I have decided to research is steroids actually being a good thing for sports. I believe that my research will prove that making steroids legal in sports will benefit the athletes and the leagues. Anabolic steroids are performance enhancing drugs that are used to build muscle. They are not allowed in sports even though many athletes are using them. Many people are against steroids because they believe it is unfair or unsafe. They may also say that large amounts of homeruns increase ticket sales for baseball because it is uncommon and making steroids legal will make it much more common. I plan to research how making steroids legal is actually more fair by evening the playing field in a way, since many athletes are already using them. I will also hope to find that it would be less dangerous for athletes, because if they want steroids they will take them regardless. Therefore, having a doctor administer the steroids will at least make taking them as safe as possible. More specifically I will be looking at these benefits in relation to professional baseball. I hope to find evidence on how it helps individual pitchers and batters as well as the sport as a whole. I plan to find evidence that it will increase ticket sales and interest in baseball. To refute the idea that large numbers of homeruns will be common I will provide evidence that even though more batters will be using steroids you still need a high skill level to achieve great numbers.
1. Steroid Era: http://www.baseballssteroidera.com/list-mitchell-report.htm
Summary: This source provides evidence that steroids has been a problem in baseball for a while. It has a list of the players who have been suspended for, admitted to, and tested positive for steroid use. There is a summary for each player weather they were on the mitchell report, admitted to using steroids, or were suspended for using. It gives you an understanding of each specific case.
How I intend to use: I plan on using this information to show the reader that steroids are already being used by many athletes regardless of it being illegal. This will help to prove that making steroids legal is just evening the playing field for the athletes that follow the rules. This being because it at least gives those who follow the rules the choice to take steroids and try to reach the level of the athletes that have been cheating all along.
2. Hitting Aspect: http://webusers.npl.illinois.edu/~a-nathan/pob/BRJ-Steroids-v3.pdf
Summary: The source provides information on how steroids increase muscle mass. It proves the relationship between increased muscle mass and increased bat speed. It then ties increased bat speed into increased batted ball speed. To conclude it shows how batted ball speed directly correlates to home run production.
How I intend to use: I intend on using this source to prove the obvious; steroids increase the bat speed and hitting power of an individual. This will in result cause more home runs. Everyone knows that viewers like big hits and home runs. Showing that steroids increase home run productions will prove that steroids increase interest in the game.
Summary: This source describes the negative effects of using steroids. It shows that the left ventricle is weaker in those who use steroids. The left ventricle is the hearts main pumping chamber. It describes the significant link between steroid use and heart impairment.
How I intend to use: Even though I am trying to prove that steroids should be legal in sports I will acknowledge the opposing argument. I will show the negative outcome of using steroids. This will provide me with a more complete understanding of steroids. Knowing the negatives along with the positives will allow reader to see the pros and cons and decide which has more better.
Summary: This source describes the dangers of dirty needles. Dirty needles are a huge cause of spreading infections and diseases. Dirty needles account for a third of all reported AIDs cases. They are also the reason most people who use needles long term get hepatitis C.
How I intend to use: I will use this article to prove my point that legalizing steroids is the safer than the current use of steroids. I will explain how athletes who want steroids will use them regardless and it is unsafe for them to inject them on their own. I’ll use this source to explain that making steroids legal and allowing doctors to be the ones to administer them is the safest. Even though taking steroids is not safe it is clear that some professional athletes will risk their health for more money and improved performance. Though making it legal will not make taking steroids completely safe it will at least make it much safer than before.
5. Mark McGwire: http://reds.enquirer.com/2000/02/06/red_griffey_payoff_is_in.html
Summary: This is a source that shows how ticket sales went up when Mark McGwire signed a three-year contract with the St.Louis Cardinals. The next year the Cardinals added 600,000 ticket sales. In the 1998 season the Cardinals broke their record for most fans in a season with 3.22 million fans. By acquiring McGwire and the attendance rising from the 1997 to 1998 season he produced about 5.5 million dollars in revenue.
How I intend to use: I will use this article on Mark McGwire to show that steroids benefit the MLB. It has been admitted by Mark McGwire himself that he used steroids. Mark McGwire increasing ticket sales shows that steroids will actually bring baseball more fans and a higher profit. I will provide this as a specific example of the positive effect of allowing steroids in baseball.