Originally Posted by dfs
"MLB has sought to encourage the belief that steroids were the root cause of the jump, but that’s probably to cover up their juicing the ball to increase attendance and revenues."
like traderomor, I was sympathetic till this came out. The notion that baseball is in any way benefiting from this pr black eye is pretty silly.
Neither is good PR, but at least pointing to steroids focuses the blame somewhere else. I'd say antagonizing some unruly players is a lot easier for MLB than admitting to rigging the game itself just for attention.