Views on Athletes and Drugs

Barry Bonds

Players Position: Barry Bonds testified, according to illegally leaked transcripts to the San Francisco Chronicle, that “he admitted using the “Clear” and the “Cream” in 2003, when he hit a record 73 homers, but said he believed he was using a nutritional flaxseed oil and arthritis rubbing balm.”* (* from –Lisa Greene and Dave Scheiber, St. Petersburg Times staff writers) “I don’t know what cheating is. I don’t believe steroids can help your eye-hand coordination, technically hit a baseball. I just don’t believe it. That’s my opinion”. (From February 22, 2005 spring training interview by Janie McCauley, AP Sports).

755 HITS: In our opinion all athletes must be solely responsible for everything they ingest or apply to themselves. All baseball players are aware of the intent of there organization, Major League Baseball. Professional athletes are fully aware of the 1988 & 1990 laws banning steroid use. Professional athletes who compete in the sporting world at the highest levels are all aware of the sporting events in which steroid use by a competitor caused them to be harshly penalized. Bonds admission to the Grand Jury speaks for itself, even though Bond's says "he believed he was using a nutritional flaxseed oil and arthritis rubbing balm" . Since a time line is impossible to establish, we have no way of knowing how many hits, home runs, etc., were aided or achieved with chemical assistance, therefore, it is 755HITS opinion that all records should be null and void.
 

Penalty: 755 HITS position is simple; Bonds records and stats are set back to zero, life time batting average, hits, home runs, etc. The awards won shall be stricken from the record books and all athletes in the second position shall be acknowledged as the first place award recipient.

Jose Canseco

Players Position: Canseco in his recently released book admits he has taken steroids which are performance enhancing substances.

755 HITS: Regrettably Canseco chose to cheat the system.

Penalty
: All awards, records achieved solely shall be stricken from the record books and all athletes in the second position shall be acknowledged as the first place award recipient.

Mark McGwire

Players Position: McGwire has admitted to using the legal drug andro in the year 1998, the same year as he hit 70 home runs to break Roger Maris’s record of 61, but has denied using steroids or any other illegal substances.
 

755 HITS: McGwire used a performance enhancing substance "Andro". McGwire’s position, that the substance he took was not on a list of banned substances, is true but unacceptable. Mark McGwire in our opinion was cheating the system. All athletes who take substances that provide them with an unfair advantage are cheating the system. In our opinion the creation of a banned substance list by athletic organizations, has allowed the players to take advantage of what amounts to tacit approval to a select group of other substances no less dangerous or wrong. The players and the leagues they play in must be accountable and responsible for a code of conduct for all substance abuse, selective application with no penalties equates to tolerance. Our position is we do not tolerate selective application and enforcement.


Penalty:
It is 755 HITS opinion that all awards, records achieved solely shall be stricken from the record books and all athletes in the second position shall be acknowledged as the first place award recipient.

Sammy Sosa

Players Position: Players Position: Does not and has not taken performance enhancing substances.

755 HITS: Since we have no proof, we can only be left to wonder like any other person as to what were his training methods and eating habits that allowed him to increase his strength and body size in such a short period of time. We do encourage Sammy Sosa and all other players to voluntarily submit to a drug and DNA test and eliminate any shred of doubt about his training methods.


Penalty:
755 HITS has no opinion based upon the information available.

Jason Giambi

Players Position: “Giambi testified, according to illegally leaked transcripts to the San Francisco Chronicle, that he obtained steroids from Greg Anderson, the personal trainer of the San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds. Anderson has pleaded not guilty in the BALCO investigation and denied providing steroids to Bonds” * Giambi has also apologized in press conferences to his fans and his team. (* from –Lisa Greene and Dave Scheiber, St. Petersburg Times staff writers)

755 HITS: Obtaining steroids to improve athletic performance is not acceptable, athletes must be solely responsible for everything they ingest, inject or apply to themselves.


Penalty:
The intent of banned performance enhancing substances was to prevent a player from having an unfair competitive advantage. It is 755 HITS opinion that he is guilty of cheating the system. Therefore since it would be impossible to determine how many hits, home runs, etc., were achieved with chemical assistance. All awards and personal records achieved shall be stricken from the record books and all athletes in the second position shall be acknowledged as the first place award recipient. Giambi can continue as a player provided he is clean of all performance enhancing substances however he starts back at zero, hits, home runs, doubles etc.