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Vol. 7 No. i (2019): Spring 2019

Steroids Killed the Baseball Stars but Saved America's Game

November 27, 2023


The ‘94 Major League Baseball Strike is regarded as one of the greatest betrayals in sports history, hurting MLB players, employees and fans. America’s pastime was hanging by a thread. In a time of need, the ‘98 season restored the MLB to greatness with a record-breaking season in terms of ratings, attendance, and player statistics. For a time, it looked as though the MLB had been saved, but the greatness in the MLB was chemically manufactured using anabolic steroids. This paper analyzes the role of anabolic steroids in the resurgence of Major League Baseball, the ‘98 Home Run Race, and the investigation into ‘98’s household names, as well as the steroid use of Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, and Sammy Sosa. From this research consisting of studies and journalistic pieces, it is evident that Major League Baseball is complicit in baseball’s greatest doping scandal.