Back Sports Page Question of The Day 12/9
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This week we have multiple Back Sports Page Contributors to give their insights to our questions.
Should Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds, and others involved with the steroid scandal be allowed to work in Baseball?
Ashley Mayle (Back Sports Page): This is a tough question but I have to say no. How can these men be seen as credible in the field of baseball when they used banned substances to play the game? By allowing players who have used banned substances to still have a career in baseball is sending the message it is okay to break the rules because you will still have the career you want. Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds are baseball greats and it is unfortunate to shun them from a game they contributed so much talent to. Yes they are record setters and know how to play the game well; however, at the end of the day the men involved in the scandal enhanced their talent and cheated. So how great are they? Are those set records just as remarkable as they were before the knowledge of the steroid use came to light?
Scott Thompson (Beast of The East Sports): The talent level of former players like Bonds and McGuire has always been masked by the mistakes they made using PED’s. Did it give them a big advantage? Yes. But, one cannot forget how hard it is to make the big leagues let alone be one of the most feared hitters and pitchers within the league. These players’ mistakes on the field are over, but their knowledge of how to succeed in the league is too great not to let them coach.
Ryan Morik (Beast of the East Sports)I have no issue with any steroid user being involved in coaching, as long as they aren't punished by the MLB. When I look at Barry Bonds, I immediately think of him being one of the greatest, most patient hitters of all time, not as a steroid user. The guy was GREAT! Owners need to make their teams better, and this is how it's done. As long as they coach the right way, it's fine by me.
Jay Sanzari (Back Sports Page): Keeping in line with yesterday's answer to the question about convicted athletes being able to return to the pros after their time has been served, I do think Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds or whoever have you should be allowed to have a spot in baseball. While they are notoriously known for their participation in baseball history as users in the "steroid era," so were countless others. And I say "countless" because who knows the exact number of people using steroids in the pros? McGuire and Bonds, as well as Alex Rodriguez and other high profile names, received much more spotlight simply because of their names.
It shouldn't matter what your name is in regards to severity of repercussions of using steroids. Whether it was Bonds or A-Rod or the backup catcher or the last guy you call out of the bullpen, if you used steroids, you used steroids.
Now there is a slight catch to my opinion. These players that want to turn to coaching or working in the front office somewhere should be placed in a probationary system where if anything of question comes up and they violate any league policy they would be relieved of their duty. After all, how could those players not coach great techniques or pass along valuable knowledge to the next generation? Merely taking steroids will not automatically make you a professional athlete, it gives you a competitive edge but there is still a lot to learn to perfect your craft and steroids can't teach that. Great players can.
Matt Berkson (Back Sports Page):If I was commissioner of Major League Baseball the first thing I would do is tackle the "steroid issue" which is the #1 issue currently facing the sport. While I am not personally a fan of baseball, it is so intensely weaved into the fabric of our society that I think it sets a horrendous precedent to allow anyone associated with any banned substances to work in the corporate offices. I'm not sure you could have more of a face of PEDs other than McGuire or Bonds, so not only wouldn't I allow them to work for MLB, but I might move to putting them in the Pete Rose category and ban them for life. It's time to clean up baseball 100% and to do so you need to have no mercy and send very strong messages that anyone who messes with PED's will not allowed to be around baseball.
Steve Saunders (Back Sports Page): They have a lot to teach and if a manager/GM/owner weighs the pros and cons and decides that the possible negative attention is worth the benefit of their experience and knowledge, they should be permitted to join. Last I checked, steroids do not positively impact one's ability to coach
Jason Leach (Harelm Times):Yes McGuire and Bonds deserve to work in baseball because they were never banned from the game
Nicle Monique (TWSSS.com): Yes – baseball needs to get over themselves. I get it PED’s are bad but who doesn’t remember the incredible baseball we all got to witness watching the likes of McGuire and Bonds. Hell because of PED’s they made the game interesting. So stop being hypocritical MLB and let those guys work (excited to see Bonds back) he deserves to be part of MLB.
JD Mowery (Back Sports Page):Working in baseball yes, but they should be closely monitored to make sure that they are not influential in any future talent to be susceptible to steroids.