Originally Posted by TSJ55
I don't think 1869 was isolating PEDs. "Cheating" and getting every advantage possible has been muddied in baseball for as long as it's been around. Spitballs, scuffed balls, snot balls, Vaseline balls, corked bats, grounds crews doctoring fields, Hrbek pulling people off of bases and tagging them out, catchers putting their mask in the baseline so players have to run around it, or stepping up to block the plate and tripping them. This list goes on and on.
I'm not defending anabolics but PEDs include amphetamines and and they were extremely widespread . I'm just saying that "cheating" is kind of a subjective term and many of the game's greats are guilty.
Stealing signs is another one.
I'd like to think, though I have no way of knowing this, that the era we are in now is probably cleaner with less cheating than there has ever been. Now, I'm probably just being naive.