Well lets look at it from a slightly different angle:
I don’t know enough about US sporting heirachy to know how far a ‘div 3’ player could take himself in terms of earning potential and lifetime achievments.
Therefore I’m not saying that my POV is valid, just something to consider.
If at 17, your ‘friend’ has the possibility of providing a decent standard of living through baseball in his adult years, then it may be justifiable for him to use steroids, although that would be ‘cheating’ and is something he must learn to deal with in his own mind.
If your ‘friend’ simply wants to pack more oomph into his game as a hobby or purely for recreation, then no, steroids are in no way justified at his age.
Yeah… but I was thinking along the lines that the dude probably has no idea what he’s doing with a cycle.
If he’s 17 and just starting think about steroids, he won’t be ready until he’s 19, because it takes a long time to learn as mnuch as you need to know, IMO.