June 18th, 2009
12:26 PM ET

Enough with baseball and steroids

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Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor

I loved baseball as a kid. I still have fond memories of my siblings and me, members of the "Astro Buddies" club, heading to the Astrodome, the eighth wonder of the world, to watch the Houston Astros play.

I played the game in elementary and high school.

But now, I'm sick of it, especially when steroids are brought up.

The latest baseball drama surrounds a New York Times report quoting two lawyers who say that former Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa's name was on a list of players who tested positive for an illegal substance in 2003. The list supposedly contains more than 100 names of players who tested positive that year.

This report comes on the heels of Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs a few years ago; Manny Rodriguez testing positive and suspended for 50 games; and the continuing drama surrounding Roger Clemens. All three were considered locks for the Hall of Fame. But based on what we keep hearing, that'll never happen in this holier-than-thou era.

OK, got it. Baseball had a terrible drug problem. Now they have a drug testing plan in place that has some teeth in it. So, can we just move the hell on?

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. David Foster

    I agree wholeheartedly. Either grant absolution to past transgressions or publish and punish. But lets move on!

    June 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  2. JC- Los Angeles

    Baseball is simply a metaphor for America today; cheats can not only be found on the baseball diamond but also in the Olympic games; on Wall Street; in the mortgage industry; on Capitol Hill; in the classrooms; and with the Treasury Secretary.

    Unless America leads by example and holds people equally accountable, we are only cheating the inevitable outcome.

    June 18, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  3. Katie

    Baseball should adopt a zero tollerance policy. I'm tired of doing hard, honest work and many of these players who cheat are making 6+ figures a year.

    June 18, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  4. Melissa

    Until the drug use stops, no.

    June 18, 2009 at 12:55 pm |