Originally Posted by M2
No, I'm saying you're constructing a narrative where Braun figured all of this out at a remarkably young age and never aroused a trace of suspicion until 2011. I suggest trying to grow a tail and chasing it rather than go after that one.
The first thing you'll need to explain to me is how Ryan Braun, who apparently had the entire system figured out before he entered it, got caught in 2011? The profile you're creating of Braun is not that of a guy who's sloppy.
Personally, I don't know what the effects are of a player taking steroids and I haven't argued one way or the other. It is illegal and I, personally, think baseball needs to put an end to it for their own "image."
Why would Braun have needed to start taking steroids at a young age? He is clearly a really good hitter. I'm not sure what he would have needed the additional advantage for at the lower levels or in little league? Your exaggeration is mostly a distraction from the point of the topic IMO.
If baseball wants to stop it and the players want to "clear their image" (cause none of them are doing it) then baseball needs to test for HGH and Steroids with blood testing. If they want to continue with the "image" that they are doing something and then "puffing" about all they are doing, then they should carry on with the current process.
It is odd isn't that the power numbers are pretty much down all over baseball with even the current testing process in place? So, are we to believe that Steroids/HGH had no effect on players abilities in the 80's and 90's? Maybe it was just a blip of so many great hitters? Or really bad pitchers? So confusing...