The League

THE QUESTION

Why Is Testing Positive More Negative in MLB?

Why do fans and the media react more strongly when baseball players, like A-Rod, use performance enhancing drugs than when football players, like Shawne Merriman, do?

Posted by Emil Steiner on February 9, 2009 7:57 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Drugs Were Baseball's Lifeboat

Drugs had the power to do for baseball what nothing else could: make it exciting again.

Posted by Sean McCann, on February 10, 2009 2:42 AM

Baseball Is History and History Is Passé

Baseball, like our current economy, has been run as an institution that thought itself impervious to decay and decline.

Posted by Jim McCormick, on February 9, 2009 2:36 PM

NFL or WWF?

The NFL long ago passed the threshold of plausibility, to where it now requires a healthy suspension of belief to enjoy it.

Posted by Dave Sheinin, on February 9, 2009 12:54 PM

MLB Records Sacred

Two reasons, baseball records are sacred and steroids helps less in football.

Posted by Barry Svrluga, on February 9, 2009 11:56 AM

NFL Made an Effort

The NFL had a testing program and discipline years ago. Baseball didn't. That's the difference.

Posted by Mark Maske, on February 9, 2009 11:45 AM

Baseball or Circus?

At best, Bud Selig's reaction to the issue of performance enhancing drugs was slow and simple, at worst it was fraudulent.

Posted by Emil Steiner, on February 9, 2009 11:41 AM

American Gladiators v American History

Baseball is American history. And history never forgets a cheater.

Posted by Dan Levy, on February 9, 2009 9:00 AM

Football is Visceral, Baseball is Pastoral

The ground rules are different. They shouldn't be, but they are.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on February 9, 2009 8:22 AM

It's All About Expectations

Because they risk so much, football players get much more leeway when it comes to testing positive for banned substances.

Posted by Gene Wang, on February 9, 2009 8:00 AM

Base Bawl

When are forced to admit that baseball is not the idyllic game we've long thought it to be, we lose a piece of our own innocence.

Posted by Zach Leibowitz, on February 9, 2009 7:09 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

delOH: Great question. Two reasons, Barry Bonds' diva attitude with the media and the deep rooted hatred of Bonds by the media. Hell hath no fury ...

Sandmeistr: I'd guess that reactions are different simply because of the perceived affect of steroids are different in the two sports. In football, st...

dalee16: baseball is the great american pastime where everyone can play no matter how big, tall, strong or fast, when steroids are used it shifts tha...

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