Ok, I absolutely welcome the debate on this issue, but I want to try to clear the agument I've seen now on quite a few blogs and threads about whether or not steroids have any effect on the game of baseball. First before I even talk about the effects that steroids can do to the human body, let me remind everyone that in the early 90's Fay Vincent, the commissioner of Baseball at the time, released a memo to all the owners stating that any performance enhancing drugs, including steroids, are banned from the game of baseball. So whether or not anyone thinks that steroids do or do not give an advantage to players of the game, they are banned, or to make it clearer, ILLEGAL. The same goes for corking of the bat or betting on the game itself or anyother items listed on the banned lists. So, I still believe that when a substance or action is officially banned from the game and a player decides to break the baseball rules to accomplish personal gain, he should be considered a cheater of the game and should not be allowed to stand next to the true greats in Cooperstown. Now some will say that Babe Ruth was drunk half of his games and Hank Aaron used amphetamines during his time and could be considered in the same categories as our current cheaters. If there was no policy banning these substances from the game at the time of the occurances then they were not illegal. And if there was and there is proof that these occurances did indeed take place then, yes they should be put in these categories. And you know who has the power to do all of this? Baseball. Because not only is this a great debate for fans that, but should be the new message sent to inspiring young players of the game and for that matter all children who watch or hear about the players of the present and past. That message should be is that there are no short cuts. Do you really want your kids to think that it is ok to do drugs to try to become more successful in life as long as he or she says I'm sorry? I know that everyone makes mistakes and they are better people once they fess up, but to then place these individuals among the greatest of all time, I think, is sending the wrong message to our youth. And baseball has the ability to not only change the past but to stop making the same mistakes moving forward by not inducting these convicted cheaters of the game to the Hall of Fame. Now, to get to the other part of the debate. I've heard so many people talk about how steroids really don't alter the game because they don't improve things like hand-eye coordination. Yes, you still have to take that 9 inch round bat and hit that 9 inch round ball and that takes a lot of God given natural talent and there there has not been conclusive research to determine that PEDs actually do increase the velocity of nerve conduction. But what exactlly do PEDs do? They increase the amount of testosterone or human growth hormone in the body which in turn increase the body's ablility to develope muscle tissue, more specifically, fast twitch muscle. With a greater developement of fast twitch muscle, these muscles can then perform at a higher level, hence faster bat speed, faster throwing motion. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but don't physics state that an object in motion remians in motion unless there is an action in which for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction? And force is equal to the change in momentum per change in time, isn't that right? What this is saying is if there is greater force applied (faster bat speed, arm motion going faster) there will be a great reaction (ball traveling further, pitch traveling faster). This is directly how PEDs have effected the game of baseball. And I haven't even mentioned how with the increased ability for the body to develope muscle fiber comes an increase of the resting metabolic rate, or metabolism. With an increased metabolism the body recovers from damage to the tissues of the body (muscle, ligaments, tendons) dues to exercise or injury, hence recovery time now shortens. So yes, cheaters of the present day may now play at a higher level for a longer period of time which again, directly effect the game of baseball. Now I know that not everyone will share the same views and opinions of mine and others alike, but the facts on the effects of steroids in baseball and other sports can not be argued. What is up for debate is how baseball should move forward with the process of recognizing those who should be considered the greatest who have ever played the game and those who we can tell our kids that they indeed were the best at what they did and in order to be the best they did it the right way. Who's up for a debate?