Re: Ryan Braun going down?
People get so agitated, volatile, angry and intolerant when steroids are discussed. It is an extremely emotional issue.
I support eliminating PEDs with a strong testing program and stiff suspensions for violators. I also understand that the influence of PEDs on the game has been drastically overblown.
I think we should avoid witch-hunts and rabid ranting about players based on shoddy evidence. We should consider all evidence rather than disregarding evidence that doesn't doesn't fit our opinions. Let's have some standards. Let's make sure the villains are villains before we crucify them.
The current testing system is much more effective than it used to be. It catches anyone using hard-core PEDs but some players might get away with using weak PEDs for awhile.
Nobody truly knows the facts in the Braun case. Having a strong opinion about Braun's guilt or innocence is a sign of gullibility and closed-mindedness.
The evidence is overwhelming that PEDs are not responsible for increased scoring and home runs. Scoring and home runs were already declining as steroid usage rose to its peak in 2004. Many other factors contributed to increased offense in the 90's and the subsequent decline in offense since the 2000 season. These factors have been described in several threads here on Redszone as well as in published studies (Baseball Prospectus and others). The popular notion that steroids re-wrote the record books is not supported by the evidence.
If people really studied the effects of steroids they would come to the realization that steroids had very little effect on the game. It is time to calm down and enjoy the game again without all the hatred and animosity that is sparked whenever the topic of steroids is broached.
Hopefully an effective PEDs testing program will finally move the sport past this divisive stage.