Pitchers in my experience did so as a last effort to extend a career, for the better of “not having a career without them.” The testing years of the clubs that I was with were a joke and past-over to manipulated PR sort of speak for public consumption and to hold the monetary value of collectables and souvenirs.
In every single case where I found their use, I saw the lack of supply which then turned into a break in use, the fall downward both physically and mentally was devastating. Changes in behavior were enormous, mood swings were deadly for anyone around a guy using this crap, and the bouts of depression where very deep holes.
I stopped talking to guys when I found the use. Steroids not only impact the body’s ability to function properly - recovery or not, they also make a guy totally deaf.
Pitching professionally requires a lot of dedication to the singular life style of do it - period. There are no friends, there is no family, this is no personal life, the only God and religion that a man has to address and answer to is professional baseball - then pitch.
It never ceases to amaze me how a young man can’t wait to get into pro ball, feels on top of the world when he makes it A, then AA, then just waits for the right moment to get “up there”, but somewhere along the line he fails to dedicate his total existence to one thing that he chased. The bottom line to a professional baseball existence is this - you are born and bread for pitching, not anything outside the lines. It’s a lonely, crap existence - but, no one held a gun to anybody’s head, no one every forced a pen in anybody’s hand, and no one forces anyone to get a bus and ride to one camp after another.
Sorry for the rant (not really). But steroids are cheap tricks and a dead rabbit out of the magician’s hat.