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February 23, 2009


-- Opinion --

Zero tolerance for cheaters like A-Rod

By Rocco DiTaranto

Junior Reporter, Youth Journalism International

WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – There’s been lots of steroid users exposed in baseball recently and lots of positive performance enhancing drug tests.

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Now that New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez is trying to recover from his steroid era, it’s time that baseball adopts a harsher punishment for players who use steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

Currently, players who take steroids are suspended for 50 games. But baseball needs to take more drastic measures.

Fifty games is about a third of the season, but players still take the steroids anyway. Suspending a player for a full year or even from baseball might keep future players from taking drugs.

Baseball should have zero tolerance on steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

Steroid users should be suspended for a full season instead of 50 games. Because of his admitted steroid use, Rodriguez's stats are now tainted and his chance of getting into the treasured Hall of Fame is in jeopardy. The same is true for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

Steroids help you as a player, but your stats might not reflect the real truth.

The average number of home runs Alex Rodriguez hit from 2001 to 2003, when he took steroids, was 52 per season.

The current major league record for home runs in a season is 73 set by former San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds, who also took steroids.

The point is, taking steroids is cheating.

It is just as bad as sneaking a calculator into a math test or looking at someone’s test answers.

Baseball should have a harsher punishment for steroid users to give other players motivation not to take steroids. 

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