Simple math for a steroids problem: Steroids = Pay raise
Steroids are a common word in baseball these days. When someone hits a home run there’s always that guy that says he’s juicing. I mean there have been some players making it to the major leagues for the first time at the age of 30 or even older. How could they get overlooked for those several years they spent in the minors? You think someone would ask, but no, and then you wonder when they started taking steroids.
Well, there could be a reason for the increase in steroids over the years. The Major League Baseball minimum salary is $390,000. Just a step below the majors, down in the minor league AAA, players are making a mere $2,150 a month for a minimum. AA players make $1,500 a month, and A players make $1,050 a month for a full season league or as little as $850 a month for a short season.
If a player makes it a full season in Triple-A without getting promoted or demoted he will make $12,900 as a minimum, which is a $377,100 drop from the major league minimum. That is a house and car payment fully paid off. You are probably barely making rent playing in Triple-A.
That’s where the steroids enter in. Would a player consider compromising his health and getting suspended from baseball for a $377,100 raise? Would you?
As of 2006, 146 players have been suspended for steroid abuse in the minor leagues. Seventy have been pitchers. They always say you can’t have enough pitching and these minor leaguers know it. That salary raise is what most of these players are looking for and they will use almost anything to get it, including steroids.
I feel steroids taint and ruin the game but nobody can argue that we’re having tough economic times. One way for minor leaguers to solve their money problems is to make it to “The Show.” Major League Baseball is their ticket out of these economic problems with that huge raise and some of them must see steroids as the only way of getting it.
Alex Beverly is a junior at Schenectady High School