Originally Posted by jojo
You definitely implied that Braun was helped by something he injected.
It absolutely makes a difference because if PEDs don't enhance performance there is nothing to call into question.
If it's all just a matter of perception, I'd argue that Ruth's record is far more offensive because of the discrimination that defined the environment in which he played (and that's ignoring the rampant cheating in the culture of his era).
One might argue that the modern game might actually be the most untainted-discrimination is not tolerated, players are well represented and no longer taken advantage of, the game is called at a higher caliber than any time in it's history, Tampa bay is just as likely to make it to the world series as New York and more players have access because of expansion and an effort to develop international players.
While I'd love to time travel and watch Ruth in his prime, I would take modern baseball to a version during Ruth's era any day.
MLB's blackout policy is far more offensive than it's drug testing policy.
I do believe that Steroid/HGH use enhances players stats and especially their ability to avoid fatigue. As to Braun individually, I don't know whether he is a constant user, just this one time, or occasional. All I have said is that barring tampering, he tested positive in that test and got off on a technicality. That's it.