Baseball used to be "America's favorite past time." Now it seems to be the center of controversy every offseason. Whether it's someone using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), or contract talks, it's always something.
Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins could be the face of a new controversy, even if he didn't do anything wrong.
Stanton, who signed a 13 year, $325 million dollar contract extension, is currently on pace to hit 60+ home runs this season. An amazing feat, no doubt. Until you factor in the last few players who have accomplished the same feat.
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Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa. Three incredible players who have one thing in common, they have been at the center of attention for steroid use.
It may sound like a cliche topic to write about, and that's my point. To me, Stanton is having an incredible season; doing what the team has paid him to do. But to others, if he eclipses (or even surpasses) 60 homers, they may call to have him tested.
To me, it's a sad time to be a professional player in any sport. If you break a record, or accomplish something, nobody can give you that satisfaction.
A lot of players are listed as potential users, even when they aren't.
Don't get me wrong. If a player is caught using steroids, they should be punished. However, just because someone is having a great season doesn't make them users.
I hope Stanton hits 60 homers, just so he can prove that not every great baseball player is a user. PEDs have tainted the MLB. And I hope one day, someone can change that.
For the players. For the fans. For America.