Local Baseball Community Sounds-Off on MLB Steroid Allegations

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)- Major League Baseball is on the brink of suspending around 20 players for performance-enhancing drug use.

The players include big stars like A-Rod and Ryan Braun.

This case could potentially be one of the largest doping scandals in American sports history.

Mike Hardy, 21, has been playing competitive baseball for over 10 years. He said it is disheartening watching his role models in Major League Baseball strike out morally and turn to steroids to improve their performance.

"You are told at a young age if you do X, Y, and Z and work hard to get somewhere, but then you are put in a setting and you see people lying and cheating and doing whatever it takes to the top," said Hardy.

The payoff at the top is a grand slam.

The average Major League Baseball player brings in more than $3 million a year.

That is compared to a Minor League Baseball player who makes an average $35,000 a year.

Officials with the Bisons, the Minor League Baseball team in Buffalo, said drug tests are done at random to ensure players are free of substances that aren't only illegal, but damaging to the mind and body.

"The incidents of heart attacks and strokes increases, liver damages increases, but the psychological damages are true and real," said Dr. Laszlo Mechtler. "For example, one can become depressed, manic or even bipolar."

While Hardy says many fellow players turn to steroids to improve their game, for him, the moral and medical implications aren't worth it.