Could We Have Kept A-Rod Off Drugs?

Maybe Not, But We Can Certainly Keep the Next Generation of Baseball Stars Clean


For decades, major league baseball players have been doing drugs of various sorts to improve their performance: amphetamines that got players amped up for games and through the long season in the 1970s and 1980s, anabolic steroids that bulked up home-run sluggers to set new records in the 1990s and early 2000s, and today’s performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs)—which come in cream, pill, and lozenge form, and promise to keep athletes a step ahead of the competition (and the drug testers). The drugs change, but widespread drug use seems to be constant. …

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