Originally Posted by Sea Ray
Hard to believe that there are people out there who think that PEDs had nothing to do with 60 and 70 HR seasons. Hard to believe that they think Barry Bonds' transformation from a 40 to a 70 HR guy had nothing to do with the change in size of his head or with the evidence we now know about when he started PEDs. Hard to believe that people think PEDs had nothing to do with Mark McGwire or Brady Anderson's one 50 HR season. I know some people took awhile to see that Pete bet on baseball and all but come on people. We would not have had the huge HR numbers that now dominate the record books without PEDs
If you think PEDs are the reason then you have missed some dramatic changes to the game of baseball over the last 30 years. Blaming these changes on PEDs is a totally myopic view of baseball and sports in general. If you think PEDs are the reason that players are bigger today then you just haven't been paying attention. Take a look at some photos of the weight room at Riverfront Stadium in the 1970's and compare that to the fitness center at Great American Ballpark today and then you might begin to understand why the game has changed. Watch the players work out at spring training this year and take note of all the things they do that players in prior eras did not do.
Factor in smaller ballparks, bouncier baseballs, smaller strikezones, denser baseball bats, Coor's Field, improved nutrition, year-round fitness regimens, sabermetrics (teams realized power is better than speed for example), larger multi-national player pool, better surgeries and rehab to keep star players on the field, and 21st-century technology. Now can you see why blaming PEDs for the changes is actually so ridiculous. I can see why casual fans would think that way, but ORG members should know better.
Pretty much every sabermetric study of the PEDs issue has shown that PEDs had a minimal impact on power and run scoring even during the height of the steroid era. Power spikes were no bigger nor more common than they were prior to the steroid era. Rates of steroid usage do not
correlate well with increased scoring in major league baseball. Steroids did not rewrite the record books.
Barry Bonds took steroids. He also worked out in the gym for 4 hours every day. Everyone agrees he was dedicated to weight training. Same with McGwire. If you lift weights that much you are going to get huge. Sure, maybe the steroids were a shortcut to strength but it is lunacy to claim that those guys only hit home runs because they took roids. It flies in the face of reason. Hundreds and hundreds of players took steroids but only a select few hit tons of home runs. It was the bodybuilding and fitness revolution that caused players to get stronger, not steroids.
Baseball needs to get rid of PEDs. We all agree about that. But it is time to get the record straight on PEDs and quit obsessing over the issue. PEDs didn't ruin the game. The game is better than ever. The players are better than ever.
Players took steroids in order to cheat and gain an advantage, but it turns out the joke is on them because they endangered their health and ruined their reputations yet gained no appreciable advantage on the playing field. Karma is a female dog.