Re: Ryan Braun going down?
Major League Baseball has the toughest PEDs testing system of all the major professional sports leagues in the USA. It is harder for an athlete to get away with abuse of steroids and HGH in baseball than in any other major sport. Baseball has finally gotten serious about getting rid of PEDs. Of course they are at least 25 years too late, but now they are finally ahead of all the other sports when it comes to frequent and comprehensive testing as well as the toughest penalties for PED usage as well as drugs of abuse. Hopefully this new effort will finally clean up the sport. Up until the last few years players could cheat with impunity and almost zero chance of getting busted. Now they are suspending several players per year. With the new HGH testing in 2013 we may see another spike in suspensions.
Baseball needs to get rid of PED usage and it is apparent they are finally on the right track. I am sure the system is not perfect and some cheaters may still not get busted, but baseball has made major strides in fighting PEDs.
To those of you who still believe that PEDs were the reason scoring was up in the 1990's and were the reason for increased home run hitting I recommend reading Extra Innings: More Baseball Beyond the Numbers published by Baseball Prospectus. It contains one of many studies that have shown that PEDs had a negligible effect on run scoring and home run hitting even during the height of the steroid era. There are quite a few factors that explain the increased offense much more satisfactorily. PEDs usage simply does not correlate well at all with scoring or power levels. If you think PEDs had a major impact on the game you may have missed some much more sweeping changes that changed the game to a much higher degree than PEDs. PEDs did not ruin the game or destroy the record books. PEDs are bad for baseball and need to be gotten rid of, but their effect has been grossly overstated.
Last edited by AtomicDumpling; 02-08-2013 at 03:18 AM.