Baseball Crank
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August 2, 2005
BASEBALL: The Benefits of Steroids

Palmeiro wasn't the only one; Mariners starter Ryan Franklin has also been suspended for violating the steroids policy. And look what steroids did for Franklin: helped make him the losingest pitcher in baseball in 2004-05. (More here).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:58 PM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

As I know you have a taste for the political

___W___ouldn't it be ironic if Palmiero was jailed for lying to Congress?

had to draw attention to the immediate vicinity of the W there.

--mdhatter (loyal oppposition)

Posted by: mdhatter at August 2, 2005 6:40 PM

Better to be the losingest pitcher in baseball over a two year period than riding AAA buses, eh?

Posted by: RW at August 2, 2005 8:23 PM

I can, at least, understand the motivation of someone who needs to cheat just to be the losingest pitcher making major league money. Guys like Franklin need to be tested and punished when caught, but I don't have the same level of contempt for them that I do for the big guys who cheat.

Posted by: Jerry at August 3, 2005 7:31 AM

There are plenty of health reasons for banning steroids, but other than building muscle (turning a guy with warning track power into a homer hitter), how does it help a baseball player? Does it grow fast-twitch muscles for better bat speed? Improve finger muscles so you can throw a sharper curve? Give you keen eyesight so you can pick up the ball better? Make you smarter so you can out-think the pitcher? I've not been convinced it helps in any way other than strength. Where is the proof that using steroids gives you a material advantage?

Posted by: Lorenzo at August 4, 2005 9:51 PM

Yes, it does make you faster. That's why sprinters take them (Ben Johnson). They also allow for more intense workouts in the weight room for even more strength. It won't make a crappy athlete a hitter but it will make Major League type talents extraordinary.

Posted by: jim at August 5, 2005 11:34 AM

Why are steroids so bad? Players use steroids knowing that they are bad for you but aren't steroids good things? Really, take a second and think about it. Would people watch baseball or football if the players are not exciting? I think steroids are the best thing for sports. Players on steroids equal money for sports owners, why not legalize steroids?

Posted by: matt at February 3, 2006 1:16 PM

tara uses steroids for everyday use because she is weak.

Posted by: tara at March 7, 2006 3:37 PM
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