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Like many, I was a bit puzzled that Bush included a line about steroids in his State of the Union address. While I do understand steroids is a problem, it seemed an odd issue for the S of the U and I was trying to either 'follow the money' or guess what constiuency Bush could possibly be pandering to. I'm starting to believe the steroid issue is a cover for Bush to push an anti-union message. My reason for this is that I'm starting to hear a similar refrain from various republicans - elected and pundits. It is something like, 'Well, they have tougher penalties for steroid use in the minors because there's no players association.' When you hear the same basic idea from various conserv sources, you know that they have all received their talking points.


There have been MLB players and trainers using and pushing "performance enhancement supplements and drugs" for at least 40 years. Probably longer. In that time some players used and some didn't.

This isn't the first drug crisis MLB has faced. When I was a teen ballplayer I knew some pros used pills. There were players my age who believed they would do the same. Where was Congress then? Why hasn't MLB been "cleaned up" before now?

When steroids became available some used and some didn't. Why not find out how some succeed without steroids? Is education the difference?

Those "youngest" players are adults. I taught my children that no career is worth losing your principles. Or your life. I can't attest to how other parents taught their children.

For the players who come to believe they can not succeed without steroids: If your talent and hard work alone aren't enough to take you to the majors then maybe baseball isn't your career.

Also, I understand you have enough proof regarding the minor leagues and steroids. I need corroboration about the minor leagues. Who else has reported the systemic pushing of steroids?

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