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David Hampson Penn State Hazleton October, 21 st . 2009. How Steroids Affect Baseball. CAS 100 Speech Communication. Introduction.
Penn State Hazleton
October, 21st. 2009
How Steroids Affect Baseball
CAS 100 Speech Communication
When Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in he hit 14% of all home runs in his league that year. A player would need to hit over 300 home runs in one season to do that today.
Steroids has effected baseball from the players, to the fans, to the owners.
Steroids have changed baseball into a home run hitting game
Many organizations weren’t getting the player the signed during the steroid era.
How steroids affect Hall of Fame voting.
I. Steroid changed baseball into a home run game
II. Organizations aren’t getting what there paying for
III. How will steroids affect hall of fame voting
. Steroid changed baseball into a home run game
Traditionally baseball was a game of contact hitting not power hitting.
Baseball had hit a combined 3000 homers on average almost every year for 30 years prior to the steroid era,
From 1998 until 2006, the league hit over 5000 home runs per year.
All the excitement brought fans to the ballpark.
Baseball’s Performance Enhancing Drug testing has come along way, and nearly all players, today, are clean.
Historically speaking, when was the steroid era
Many steroid users were offered big contracts during the era, and after stopping steroid usage, they weren’t as productive.
Magglio Ordóñez, Jason Giambi were both players reported for taking steroids
Ordóñez stats decreased right after signing a big contract with Detroit in 2004, and Giambi was not very productive after signing a big contract with New York.
Owners all over the league had players in this situation.
Players listed in the Mitchell Commission Report
Many of the greatest players to ever play the game have been alleged steroid users; Bonds, Sosa, Clemens, McGuire, etc…
There hasn’t been a lot time to see how steroids will effect voting.
However, observing the number of players who have joined the 500 club in the last decade, the credentials for the Hall of Fame has increased; ex. Mark McGuire
Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame?
1. Steroids changed baseball into a home run hitting game
2. owners aren’t buying credible players
3. steroids will affect hall of fame voting
4. Steroids affects every fan, player, and owner in baseball
5. Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs on hot dogs and beer, not steroids.
Historically speaking, when was the steroid era; New York Daily News, ESPN. http://thesteroidera.blogspot.com/2006/10/historically-speaking-when-was-steroid.html
Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame?; May 18, 2009. Jon Heyman http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_heyman/05/18/hall.voting/index.html
Players listed in the Mitchell Commission Report; December 13, 2007