Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
Can it be proven (writers knew)? It is a two-way street though. Perhaps the writers did not know during those players' careers (do you have proof that says otherwise, if so please share). Of course we all hear the defenders of these players say there is no proof that they did PEDs. You say the writers knew at the time. But many fellow defenders of these players say there is no proof. Can "the defenders" have it both ways?!?
But letting the writers decide these things has always been a bad idea IMO.
FOr those claiming Piazza was never linked to PED's....
For those interested in the media's role...about half way down the page...
One of the more infuriating pieces of evidence against Piazza in his book was Pearlman’s assertion that the media-friendly player admitted to sportswriters that he used steroids:
According to several sources, when the subject of performance enhancing was broached with reporters he especially trusted, Piazza fessed up.
“Sure, I use,” he told one. “But in limited doses, and not all that often.” (Piazza has denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but there has always been speculation.)”
“Whether or not it was Piazza’s intent, the tactic was brilliant: By letting the media know, off the record, Piazza made the information that much harder to report. Writers saw his bulging muscles, his acne-covered back. They certainly heard the under-the-breath comments from other major league players, some who considered Piazza’s success to be 100 percent chemically delivered.”
Off the website and back to me...It seems to me that big mac was outed by reporters glancing into his locker.
The entire notion of these things being legal and then into an illegal category and then having current standards back applied over prior times really makes the stew stink. For a long time it was only cheating if you got caught by an umpire...things are different now.
Biggio is the only one I really feel sorry for. I suspect even without PED protests he would not have made it in the first round.