Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated says about debates connected with rughts of steroid users to be chosen for the Baseball Hall of Fame. But as it usually happens, this explanation shows only confusion of sportswriters about steroids.
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BWAA) is a professional association of baseball journalists who chose players for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. All sportswriters that are members of the BWAA already not less than 10 years have opportunity to vote for up to 10 players for the Hall of Fame.
Recently it was a debate between members of the BWAA. They discussed whether admitted or just suspected users of steroids and other banned drugs might entry into Cooperstown.
Members of the BWAA usually should comment their votes: they must explain why they have voted pro or contra certain affirmations. Some of them claim that doping destroys the integrity of sports and usage of forbidden drugs is often claimed by them to be immoral.
As for Tom Verducci, he doesn’t think that administration of steroids is necessarily a moral question. This writer says that steroids help consumers to take unfair advantage over those who don’t use controlled substances. According to this sportswriter, performance-enhancing drugs make competitions unfair. So, administration of banned medications induces unfairness in sports. That’s why Verducci denies any connection between doping and morality. He confirms that it is a question that is related to performance but not to morality. So, this writer supposes that consumers of steroids must not be allowed to be in the Hall of Fame. But he has voted for the admitted steroid user Jeff Bagwell. This athlete has acknowledged that he had used androstenedione. It is necessary to notice that this medication was not classified as an anabolic steroid, when Bagwell administrated it. According to the Control Act 2004, it is enumerated among banned drugs. Since it wasn’t legally considered to be a steroid, Tom Verducci decided to vote for the user of this product; however, it was always named an anabolic-androgenic steroid by scientists. Moreover, it was said that Bagwell just became bigger but didn’t induce his performance due to intake of androstenedione.
Nonetheless, the decision of Tom Verducci to vote for the admitted user of the steroid is quite controversial. The following question appears: “Maybe Tom Verducci is not against intake of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by sportspeople?” Since this sportswriter doesn’t agree that usage of steroids is a moral question, he may suggest that enhancement of performance is not a real problem.
A lot of persons suggest that administration of steroids represents evil because they are illegal.