FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT VALUESOF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN THE POST STEROID ERA
Over the last score, America’s past time has been marred by allegations of foul play, cheating, and an uneven playing field among players within Major League Baseball.Use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), anabolic steroids, and other performanceenhancing drugs (PEDs) has called the integrity of the game of baseball in to question,and blemished the league’s infallible record. It is truly a sad happening to those whotravel to witness baseball games in person, or view them on the television, only to feelconflicting emotions in regard to the state of the game, creating a deep sadness in the soulof all baseball fans, questioning their true love of the game.However, the principle mission of Major League Baseball has always been, andalways will be, to entertain the public. On average, 31,500 fans attend every major league baseball game, and 77,000 households view each game on television. Undeniably, themost exciting parts of a baseball game have, and always will be, the home run or the perfect game. The 450 foot home run and 105 MPH fastball excite crowds and drawmedia attention.The use of performance enhancing drugs by major league baseball players hasmade every major league baseball game a very conducive environment for both of theaforementioned spectacles. Pitchers, while under the influence of PEDs, throwindubitably harder, and opposing batsmen can hit the ball incontestably harder. Thesefacts draw ratings and attract crowds, eager to witness the phenomena stated above.