Baseball and Steroids- The Controversy









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There has been a lot of controversy about steroids in baseball. Does it enhance performance and what are the side effects. Are records today the result of steroids. And are athletes harming themselves.

First of all, we need to understand what is a steroid. And why do players use it. Anabolic steroids are a synthetic version of the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone in it’s normal state promotes and boosts muscle development and growth. When it is supplemented with steroids, you have an increase of muscle mass, reduction of body fat, and enhanced endurance. It is used by athletes to try to have the edge on the competition. It is believed that by using a steroid in baseball it will cause you to hit the ball further. And longer.

What are some of the side effects? They range from psychologically to physically. From a psychological standpoint, they can range from a feeling of well-being to depression. Mood swings. And even rage. Sometimes called ‘roid rage’. Other adverse psychological effects can include intense aggression and violence.

From a physical standpoint, you can have all kinds of changes. You will have increased muscle mass and increased endurance, but the side effects can include a plethora of problems. The worst being liver damage, and cancer. You can have acne, excessive hair growth or loss. Testicular atrophy (shrinking), etc.

What is the reward vs. risk? The reward being a quick avenue for increased muscle mass, increased performance, and increased endurance. A feeling of invincibility. The risk is permanent physical morbidity and psychotic episodes that include aggression, violence, and rapid mood swings. Also feelings of depression and suicide. Is the reward worth it? Absolutely not! Yet it is abused by athletes today for the quick gain of fortune and fame. It is believed that by using a steroid in baseball it will lead you down the path of fortune and fame.

There has been a lot of controversy whether Mark McGwire or Barry Bonds or Gary Sheffield and others have used a steroid in baseball. There is the infamous BALCO incident where there are accusations that Barry’s long time friend Greg Anderson was supplying Barry with an untrackable steroid, sometimes called “the cream” or “the clear”. Which raised a lot of questions in the baseball world. Did they use a steroid in baseball and is there proof it enhanced their game? We can draw several conclusions from this.

First off, is there any proof that a steroid in baseball has enhanced the record book with unfair records. At this time, no. We have to remember a couple of things before trying to point fingers, etc. Barry Bonds went on to have an unbelievable season setting a single season record of home runs that will probably never be surpassed in my mind. This happened from a guy that usually averaged around 35 homers a season. Can you explain the sudden jump in home runs? Probably not. But you can make the assumption that he has matured to the top of his game and that he had a dream season.

Now, let’s look at Roger Maris. When Roger went on to hit 61 home runs from a guy that usually never hit that many. Did everyone in the world suddenly start saying there must be a steroid in baseball that he is using? Or he must be doing something to enhance his game. No they did not. They assumed that he just had a magical season that only comes around ever so often. Can we draw the same conclusions about Barry, and about Mark? Yes, we can. Could it be that they had magical seasons? Absolutely.

Until the evidence comes out, we don’t know what any athlete is doing. What I do know as a former major leaguer is how difficult it is to perform at such a high level day in and day out. In my mind, whether they are doing steroids or not, you still have to hit the ball over the fence. You still have to make solid contact consistently. You still have to have great fundamentals. I think what has happened on the baseball field has been remarkable and we are lucky to be able to witness such great athletes perform daily.

Steroids in my mind take away from the game. Even though they provide a quick explosion of muscle mass and endurance, over the long run, they will harm you. They will cause psychotic events, and physical damage that will last a life time. The bottom line is simple. Play the game the way it is meant to be played. Play with honor and pride and dignity. And above all, leave steroids out of it.Using a steroid in baseball is simply not worth it.

Bill Bathe- former major league ballplayer who played in 1989 world series. Been coached by Eddie Matthews, Harmon Killebrew, Billy Williams, and Dusty Baker to name a few. You can learn more by visiting which provides tips, advice, drills, equipment and video analysis of your swing. Also, inspirational stories and pictures of the journey to the big leagues.

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Better Fields adds up to better quality game



Once Difficult, Now Made Easy

If you hate the bad hops on your field … can’t stand the poor footing … and are just plain embarrassed when others see your playing fields… 

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Dear Baseball Enthusiast:  

In 2003, I arrived early for the high school baseball game … and stood behind home plate … and while I was watching the coaches hit grounders to their players … I saw a major problem:

While the teams playing were loaded with talent, I saw a baseball field that was really in bad shape – not a single grounder bounced straight.  It was beyond belief.

Playing baseball myself was fun and enjoyable.

But to stand there and watch all the ground balls go crooked was sheer torture.

I think there are several reasons why I’m uncomfortable seeing our youth play on bad fields:

  • I myself had my playing career cut short because of a bad field.  As a senior playing in the last high school game of the year, I was running home from second base, rounded third, and hit a gopher hole.  My right leg was in shooting pain.  Anything that could rip did.
  • Back then, arthroscopic surgery wasn’t mainstream yet – I had my knee totally opened, fixed, and sewed up.  I was in a cast for 3 months.  I limped for 2 years.  End of the baseball dream for me.
  • I had seen my first son denied playing as a junior league all-star because a wicked hop at second base split a finger on his throwing hand.
  • I saw my second son as a junior in high school twist his ankle playing third base because the opponent’s field has such a bad lip at the grass edge.

Well at first, I did nothing when I saw these terrible pregame bad hops and watched it repeat for a couple weeks.

But not being a complete moron, I reached back into my experience as a groundskeeper for the AAA baseball team in the Texas Rangers franchise.

So, in 2003 I jump-started my baseball field maintenance skills by spending time with other AAA groundskeepers and suppliers of professional sports.  I have since then used what learned to renovate 29 baseball and softball fields.

And then I built a baseball field maintenance website in 2006, ( have now fielded baseball field maintenance and renovation questions at a rate of 1 a day for the last two years, and have now reached a point where there is demand and high interest in this handbook.

I call it “Transforming Your Baseball Field into a Winning Field“, because if you use this baseball field maintenance book:

  • You don’t need high priced equipment available only to major league sports and golf courses.
  • You don’t need a million dollar budget to have a winning baseball or softball field.
  • You don’t need a crew of full time sports managers. You just need a few who know what is going on and what to do.
  • A quality field lets your coaching efforts stand out.  Now you don’t need to be embarrassed when teams visit your ‘yard.’
  • You can use equipment and materials readily available at local home improvement stores or local rental shops.
  • You can quickly reach a point where you identify exactly what you need to do and develop a specific plan to make the improvements.
  • More and more players, coaches, parents, and umpires will look forward to playing on your fields!

In short, you become comfortable with baseball field maintenance and management while staying well within your comfort zone and your budget.

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Now with my new 132 page baseball field maintenance manual, you can quickly master the amazingly powerful techniques that took me seven years to develop and refine for use in Little League, High School, and College.

In its pages, you’ll discover:

  • Learn exactly how one field manager uses an ordinary rental tool to instantly remove lip buildup at the grass edge.  Page 63.
  • Whether you like it or not, this will affect your ability to enjoy every other aspect of the game.  Page 6.
  • Understand how and when to use your drag and then how you can get the most out of it.  Page 43.
  • Discover how to build a table top on your mound for your pitchers.  They’ll thank you for this.  Page 47.
  • Pros do this to their infield dirt at least once a week.  Your field will benefit from this too even it you only do it once.  Page 66.
  • Learn how to tell what your baseball mix is made of and how to improve the mixture.  Page 38.
  • Understand why adding more crushed red brick mix to your infield may backfire and undermine your best of intentions. Page 36.
  • The single most important thing you can do to improve your ball field.  Page 11.
  • Discover why you need to use a plastic fan rake instead of a metal fan rake when raking your grass edge.  Page 43.
  • The secret to knowing how long to wait before your sod is finally ready for you to play on it. Page 86.
  • Five questions you need to ask about your field before ordering more baseball dirt. Page 77.
  • Discover how I cut my baseball field maintenance time by more than 50%.  Page 95.
  • Learn the correct sand or clay mix to use that will get you good bounces and firm footing.  Page 41.
  • And more …


In its pages, you will discover:

  • Scientific Advertising at its best – check out the letter and response card a player used to get over $3,000 of support.  Page 23.
  • Learn the biggest problem people make when asking for money and why they don’t get much.  Page 4.
  • Discover the secret to a successful fund raising: your fund raising message and how to write one. Page 2.
  • Why you should avoid national chain store and nation wide banks for donations.  Page 9.
  • Thirteen concepts proven to to improve support for your projects.  Page 5.
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  • Successful fundraising letters and sponsor forms you can learn from.  Page 14.
  • Find out what time of year works best for getting donations and discounts for your projects.  Page 10.
  • How to write a successful letter of inquiry for a grant request.  Page 20.
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And much, much more….

Best of all, the How to Fund Your Baseball Field Improvements bonus report is yours to keep, even if you request a refund on Transforming Your Baseball Field into a Winning Field . You can’t lose.

To get your FREE Bonus Report included within the ebook for your convenience… and order my Transforming Your Baseball Field into a Winning Field handbook… order now!!


Rick Ling

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Why am I seeing this page?

404 means the file is not found. If you have already uploaded the file then the name may be misspelled or it is in a different folder.

Other Possible Causes

You may get a 404 error for images because you have Hot Link Protection turned on and the domain is not on the list of authorized domains.

If you go to your temporary url (http://ip/~username/) and get this error, there maybe a problem with the rule set stored in an .htaccess file. You can try renaming that file to .htaccess-backup and refreshing the site to see if that resolves the issue.

It is also possible that you have inadvertently deleted your document root or the your account may need to be recreated. Either way, please contact your web host immediately.

Are you using WordPress? See the Section on 404 errors after clicking a link in WordPress.

How to find the correct spelling and folder

Missing or Broken Files

When you get a 404 error be sure to check the URL that you are attempting to use in your browser.This tells the server what resource it should attempt to request.

In this example the file must be in public_html/example/Example/

Notice that the CaSe is important in this example. On platforms that enforce case-sensitivity example and Example are not the same locations.

For addon domains, the file must be in public_html/ and the names are case-sensitive.

Broken Image

When you have a missing image on your site you may see a box on your page with with a red X where the image is missing. Right click on the X and choose Properties. The properties will tell you the path and file name that cannot be found.

This varies by browser, if you do not see a box on your page with a red X try right clicking on the page, then select View Page Info, and goto the Media Tab.

In this example the image file must be in public_html/cgi-sys/images/

Notice that the CaSe is important in this example. On platforms that enforce case-sensitivity PNG and png are not the same locations.

404 Errors After Clicking WordPress Links

When working with WordPress, 404 Page Not Found errors can often occur when a new theme has been activated or when the rewrite rules in the .htaccess file have been altered.

When you encounter a 404 error in WordPress, you have two options for correcting it.

Option 1: Correct the Permalinks

  1. Log in to WordPress.
  2. From the left-hand navigation menu in WordPress, click Settings > Permalinks (Note the current setting. If you are using a custom structure, copy or save the custom structure somewhere.)
  3. Select  Default.
  4. Click Save Settings.
  5. Change the settings back to the previous configuration (before you selected Default). Put the custom structure back if you had one.
  6. Click Save Settings.

This will reset the permalinks and fix the issue in many cases. If this doesn't work, you may need to edit your .htaccess file directly.

Option 2: Modify the .htaccess File

Add the following snippet of code to the top of your .htaccess file:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
# End WordPress

If your blog is showing the wrong domain name in links, redirecting to another site, or is missing images and style, these are all usually related to the same problem: you have the wrong domain name configured in your WordPress blog.

How to modify your .htaccess file

The .htaccess file contains directives (instructions) that tell the server how to behave in certain scenarios and directly affect how your website functions.

Redirects and rewriting URLs are two very common directives found in a .htaccess file, and many scripts such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Magento add directives to the .htaccess so those scripts can function.

It is possible that you may need to edit the .htaccess file at some point, for various reasons.This section covers how to edit the file in cPanel, but not what may need to be changed.(You may need to consult other articles and resources for that information.)

There are Many Ways to Edit a .htaccess File

  • Edit the file on your computer and upload it to the server via FTP
  • Use an FTP program's Edit Mode
  • Use SSH and a text editor
  • Use the File Manager in cPanel

The easiest way to edit a .htaccess file for most people is through the File Manager in cPanel.

How to Edit .htaccess files in cPanel's File Manager

Before you do anything, it is suggested that you backup your website so that you can revert back to a previous version if something goes wrong.

Open the File Manager

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the Files section, click on the File Manager icon.
  3. Check the box for Document Root for and select the domain name you wish to access from the drop-down menu.
  4. Make sure Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)" is checked.
  5. Click Go. The File Manager will open in a new tab or window.
  6. Look for the .htaccess file in the list of files. You may need to scroll to find it.

To Edit the .htaccess File

  1. Right click on the .htaccess file and click Code Edit from the menu. Alternatively, you can click on the icon for the .htaccess file and then click on the Code Editor icon at the top of the page.
  2. A dialogue box may appear asking you about encoding. Just click Edit to continue. The editor will open in a new window.
  3. Edit the file as needed.
  4. Click Save Changes in the upper right hand corner when done. The changes will be saved.
  5. Test your website to make sure your changes were successfully saved. If not, correct the error or revert back to the previous version until your site works again.
  6. Once complete, you can click Close to close the File Manager window.