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Experts Advisory: Experts on Baseball and Steroids from the University at Albany

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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Lecturer Rob Edelman

Lecturer Rob Edelman offers insight into the steroid era's place in baseball's history. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 19, 2009) -- University at Albany faculty experts discuss baseball and steroids, including impact on players' health and performance and how the steroid era fits into baseball's long history.

Steroids and Baseball: What are the impacts on players' performance, health? -- There has been a lot of controversy about steroids in baseball, even before A-Rod's admission of taking them. Do steroids enhance performance? What are their side effects? Are athletes harming themselves? UAlbany psychology professor Bruce Svare discusses steroid abuse among athletes and the effects on players' bodies and performance on the diamond. Svare has specialized for more than 30 years in the study of anabolic steroids, has authored over 70 scientific papers in leading professional journals and has written numerous books and book chapters in the field of behavioral neuroscience.

Baseball's Steroid Era: Where does it fit into the game's history? -- Commissioner Bud Selig told reporters that he is considering reinstating Hank Aaron as the home run king in the record books, using his "best interest of baseball" clause. What should happen to records broken during the steroid era? How can baseball move forward? How will history treat the era? UAlbany lecturer Rob Edelman is the author of Great Baseball Films and Baseball on the Web. He was an interviewee on the director's cut DVD of The Natural and was a juror at the third annual National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival.

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Ben Spear '10
UAlbany Students

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