Originally Posted by jojo
Steroids help position players AND pitchers. The actual impact of PEDs on the scoring environment is more complex than simply looking at HR totals for many reasons.
Sure, but let's say it's 20% of players that are using. A pitcher or position player using PEDs is still facing a "clean" opponent 80% of the time. You're right of course, but unless usage is absolutely rampant, you'd still expect to see users have an edge over their peers who aren't using.
The point I think you're making is that looking at the aggregate numbers could be misleading. That is to say, you could have everybody on PEDs and we might observe no change in the run scoring environment because of the offsetting "advantages".
As for the era of roughly 1995-2004, I think it would be silly to suggest PEDs had no influence. But at the same time, it would be equally as silly to dismiss the role of talent dilution due to expansion, the addition of Coors field, the possibility of a "juiced" ball, etc. While Occam's Razor is a handy little short-cut, the world is a really complicated case and rarely do things have just one explanation.