Monday, June 29, 2009

This Op-Ed article is about steroid use in Major League Baseball. Baseball, unfortunately, has so much drug use it is a regular occurrence. Sammy Sosa has been in the news lately about testing positive for steroids in 2003 and other famous players such as Mark McGuire also have been labeled as a steroid user. Performance enhancing substances date all the way back to 1889 when a player took testosterone. Baseball writers try to drive drug users out of the game but today’s player have lawyers and tons of money to fight back. The writers fight back by not voting for drug users when they become eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Zev, the columnist, states that the game constantly changes and will continue to change with or without drugs. His solution to the drug problem is that the use of steroids and other drugs should be regulated by the government like alcohol or tobacco. Major League players are adults in a very competitive environment and are old enough to decide if they should or should not use these drugs.

This op-ed article analyzes a major problem in today’s society with both sides of the argument presented in the article. He picked one side of the argument and clearly showed why he has chosen this side. He uses materials and facts about steroid use and the history of baseball to back up his decision. He also showed how the game constantly changes even without drug use. Zev also came up with a interesting solution to the problem at the end of the article.

Stephen Marcopulos

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