Last updated on: 4/14/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Mark Knudson Biography

Title:
Former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“For the record, in case anyone cares, I never considered using steroids…

What would I have done during my career if I knew that other pitchers were using illegal substances and outperforming me because of it? I’ve thought about that, and I don’t think I would have used ‘roids. I’d have been tempted, sure. But I’ve always been afraid to ingest things that could have harmful short-term or long-term repercussions… The fear of getting caught would not have been a part of my decision, because baseball officials couldn’t even get drug testing for narcotics past our union at the time… The possibility of a premature death would have scared me straight.

That thought hasn’t scared enough guys, obviously. I had to admit… that I was really disappointed when I heard about A-Rod. Same reaction when I heard about the allegations against Roger Clemens. Sadness…

The ultimate answer is to have all sports, including baseball and football, get treated the same way as the Olympics are – a universal testing program run by the World Anti-Doping Agency.”

“Interviewer Turns Interviewee on A-Rod and Steroids,” Examiner.com, Feb. 9, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Weekly columnist, Fort Collins Coloradoan
  • Host, Mile High Sports Radio, 2007-present
  • Sports columnist, Examiner.com, 1994-present
  • Pitcher, Major League Baseball, signed as free agent with the Colorado Rockies, 1992-1993
  • Pitcher, Major League Baseball, traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, 1986-1991
  • Pitcher, Major League Baseball, drafted by the Houston Astros in the 3rd round, 1985-1986
Education:
  • BA, Journalism, Colorado State University
Other:
  • Born October 28, 1960 in Denver, CO
  • Major league debut July 8, 1985
  • Final major league game May 14, 1993
Quoted in:
  1. Should Baseball Players Who Have Used Banned Substances Be Voted into the Hall of Fame?