Every time a batter steps into the box, I can’t help but assume he is on some sort of juice. With more and more information involving players and PED surfacing each year, it has become increasingly difficult to trust that the home run has not been synthetically generated. The fans’ trust in the national pastime has crumbled. The steroid dilemma shows no sign of abating nor is there any clear solution to protecting the game from contamination. No matter the frequency and extensiveness of drug testing and the severity of the repercussions, if the present is any indication of the future, steroids and baseball will go hand in hand. It’s never going away.
"We have had a good relationship with Rodriguez since early 2009 when we stood with him at his press conference in Tampa," the group said in a statement. "There, he issued his public mea culpa, committed that he would not be involved in the future with banned substances, and said that he wanted to help us to encourage kids to stay away from them. He offered to use his situation as an example to let them know that it is not right for them to use performance-enhancing drugs. Working together, we've delivered messages to thousands of kids and have impacted their lives in a positive way. But, today's announcement leaves us no option but to discontinue our relationship with Alex Rodriguez."
The early years of the NL were tumultuous, with threats from rival leagues and a rebellion by players against the hated "reserve clause", which restricted the free movement of players between clubs. Competitor leagues formed regularly and also disbanded regularly. The most successful was the American Association (1882–1891), sometimes called the "beer and whiskey league" for its tolerance of the sale of alcoholic beverages to spectators. For several years, the NL and American Association champions met in a postseason championship series—the first attempt at a World Series . The two leagues merged in 1892 as a single 12-team NL, but the NL dropped four teams after the 1899 season. This led to the formation of the American League in 1901 under AL president Ban Johnson , and the resulting bidding war for players led to widespread contract-breaking and legal disputes.