Re: John Fay Abstains from HOF Voting to Avoid Casting Votes for Bonds and Clemens
Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Keep in mind, during the biggest part of the steroid era most of the cheating players were concentrated on just a handful of dishonest teams. The Cardinals, Athletics, Rangers and Yankees were chock full of cheaters, the Giants had one big one and so did the Cubs. All those cheating teams flourished during that time while the honest teams suffered. Teams like the Reds had nobody on steroids or comparatively little steroid usage in any case. What if the Reds' management had encouraged or allowed their players to use steroids? Would it have resulted in more wins? Probably so. The honest people got screwed while the cheaters prospered. It wasn't until the tail end of the steroid era that usage became widespread around the league. Too many players saw the cheaters thriving without any consequences, so more and more players gave in to the temptation.
I don't know if we can be confident that the Reds or any other team had few if any PEDS users during the steroids era. That said, the above post does express what was so wrong about the era: The honest people got screwed while the cheaters prospered.
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