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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Why hearings on steroids?

Here I sit watching the aftermath of the steroids hearings on C-SPAN - I chose to ignore the hearings for the most part because I am not sure what they are for. Henry Waxman claims that the investigation is fundamental in stopping steroid use amongst kids. I suppose the connection is that baseball players are role models for kids (even Jose Canseco, gasp!), certain baseball players may have taken steroids, hence kids will take steroids and kill themselves. Other representatives suggest that baseball is owned by the American people and because the team owners and the players aren't going to clean themselves, Congress has to get involved.

I figure that Congress is coming in after baseball has instituted a steroid policy in order to seem like it is contributing to a solution while not having to actually do anything. I also think that this is one of the costs baseball has to pay for the anti-trust exemption. If you dance with the devil once, the devil says when you stop.

Why doesn't Congress hold hearings on tight-wire artists who operate without a net. That is a dangerous job, one that is exciting to watch, one that people are willing to pay good money to see. I don't see a lot of kids using tight-wire artists as role models, but nevertheless the tight-wire artist engages in very dangerous activities for money. Taking steroids to hit the ball harder is really not much different.

Steroids will not t improve eye-sight but will improve bat speed - in which case triples or cans-of-corn can become homers. Pitchers seem to have reached the limit of how fast they can throw the ball and in the movement they can put on the ball in the limited amount of space they have to work with. Steroids might give batters a slight edge in the pitcher-batter arms race, but it would seem unlikely that steroid use would be widespread. Unlike in football, where contact with the opponent takes place on almost every down and hence any weight/strength disparity will make itself immediately known, for most baseball players steroids simply would not have a tremendous impact on their quality of play and hence on their salaries.

C-SPAN is replaying some of the hearings now. Jose Canseco can't read or he was extremely nervous.

Most ballplayers today are taking homeopathic hgh oral spray because it's safe, undetectable, and legal for over the counter sales. As time goes on it seems it might be considered as benign a performance enhancer as coffee, aspirin, red bull, chewing tobacco, and bubble gum.
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