Re: Who cares about PED use?
Originally Posted by Brisco
I want to know that when Joey Votto hits a line drive home run it is because of the skill, effort or luck that are part of the game. I want to be able to compare Votto to Gehrig and feel like there is a basis of comparison... the constant connection to history is what makes baseball special. Yes, I know that science and health care are always improving... but before PEDs it seemed to make sense to compare Mickey Mantle to Tris Speaker even though they played half a century apart.
PEDs use doesn't complicate that comparison.
It never really was appropriate to compare players whose careers were 50 years apart without normalizing for the eras that they played in...
That's the fallacy of 714.
But ya, baseball fans more so than any other fanbase (and it isn't even close) spend more time looking in the rear view mirror than they do out the windshield but surprisingly their view of the past tends to be more romanticized than reality.
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