It would appear steroid use has become rampant in Major League Baseball following the admission of mega-superstar Alex Rodriguez to using the performance-enhancing drugs.
The FBI is investigating whether Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young winner, lied to Congress last year when he denied using steroids or human growth harmone.
Clemens and A-Rod top a list of big name, drug-tainted stars, including Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Jose Canseco, whose actions cast doubt on their on-field accomplishments.
With the biggest names in baseball linked to steroid use, what do Clover and York baseball players and coaches think of the nationwide scandal?
"It's sad," declared Ben Pendleton of the Clover Blue Eagle baseball team. "Major league players have enough talent and make millions without using steroids."
Teammate Hayden Hendry said supestars using the performance-enhancing drugs are being selfish.
"They shouldn't have to use steroids," Hendry said. "They are sending the wrong message to kids who look up to them as role models."
Both Hendry and Pendleton said Hank Aaron should retain the title of Major League home run king, a move currently under consideration by the commissioner.
CHS baseball coach Darrell VanDyke said steroid users in the majors are looking for an advantage in the money market.
"Why drink energy drinks?" the Clover coach wondered aloud. "Eat the right foods, stay in shape and get enough sleep."
VanDyke said using steroids is the wrong thing to do.
"Arod's credibility will go way down," he added.
York senior baseball player Shane Waldrop doesn't like the message steroid use is sending to young people. "Once they (Major League players) make it to the pros, they think they can do what they want," he said.
Waldrop is glad there are still role models playing the game without the use of performance-enhancing drugs, namely Dustin Pedroi of the Red Sox.
Junior Cougar players Josh Vallejus and Josh Green share the concerns of other teammates.
"They should think of little boys that look up to them as role models," Vallejus said of the steroid users.
Said Green, "The wrong message is being sent. I am glad there are players doing things right."
YCHS baseball coach Scott Kiggans said there's no place in baseball for steroid use.
Kiggans said a small percentage of players are giving Major League Baseball a bad name.
"We want our kids to play the game and do what's right; we tell them that all the time," he said.
Over-the-counter supplements are available to high school players, but pills of any kind aren't allowed unless authorized by a doctor or legal guardian at both schools.