Re: Who cares about PED use?
I am not really too worried about the stats and integrity of the game. My problem is if you don't crack down on it's use, any kid who even dreams of being a big league baseball player will use them. That number is higher than most of you realize. Every minor leaguer, most college kids, and even a ton of high school kids think they could possibly make the majors even though the odds are slim. If PED's are allowed to proliferate, there is no doubt the vast majority of them will use them.
As for their safety, there is no info on their long term detriments because many of the drugs have no medical use, are not used in the way intended (so not tested that way), and in many cases are illegal. Why would anyone use money to test their long term benefits/negatives when the drugs cannot be sold for those purposes or simply cannot be sold? On top of that, the illegal ones are in fact illegal to run tests. That is why the long term negatives of anabolic steroids are still not fully understood. The only info you have is from people that abused them years ago. So you won't know the long term effects of these newer drugs until 20 or 30 years from now.
So no, taking random unapproved drugs are not safe just because you have not heard anything bad about them (in fact, steroids were not considered dangerous long term at one time). Allowing PED's to proliferate is dangerous for thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people nationwide. So there is a moral obligation for MLB to cut down on PED's.
Last edited by scott91575; 02-09-2013 at 10:01 PM.