Gaylord Perry says helloOriginally Posted by registerthis
In all honesty, part of me has more of a problem with Perry than steroid use prior to the regulations being put in place (after the regulations, ala now with guys like Palmeiro, that's not necessarily the case). I don't know, maybe I take a weird position, but it's difficult for me to retroactively speculate on a player's potential steroid use in past years and penalize that player when those suscipicions occurred before the game even had regulations against it, especially when such behavior is still speculation. I don't know if Bonds used steroids or not and few people do. When also taking into consideration there were no regulations in the game prohibiting steroid use, I just can't penalize him. Guys like Gaylord Perry broke known rules that had been in place for decades to gain an advantage.
Heck, the 1919 Reds World Series squad had Hod Eller in their rotation, and he knowingly used a shine ball shortly before it was outlawed. Not only that, but then Chick Gandil and his pals then decided to toss some games our way for their individual financial benefit. In the end, the Reds win the World Series and that banner still hangs alongside the other four championships, despite the validity of that accomplishment occurring under some doubt.