Friday, March 26, 2004

Much Ado About Nothing

In what at first blush seems counterintuitive, Yeager [a human performance specialist, private hitting instructor, and longtime weightlifter] asserts that steroid use may have decreased home run levels in certain instances. Specifically, he points to Canseco. "I’m almost positive Canseco used steroids, and I think it hurt his career," says Yeager. "He became an overmuscled, one-dimensional player who couldn’t stay healthy. Without steroids, he might have hit 600, 700 home runs in his career."

In short, steroids are a significant threat to neither the health of the players nor the health of the game. Yet the country has returned to panic mode, with both private and public authorities declaring war on tissue-building drugs.


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