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An important point about steroids and the dreaded “era”

Yes, you heard it today by now, Mark McGwire admitted to steroid use.  This isn’t that important, a reporter spotted andro in his locker years ago and andro is an anabolic steroid that was not illegal when he was taking it.  He also admitted to taking HGH.  But someone made a great point today and I can’t remember where I read it.

After all is said and done about the “steroid era,” wherever we decide it began and ended, all the stats will be adjusted for in the minds of fans just as the stats of the deadball players are today.  I mean, what do you think of when you think of a .400 hitter?  Nap Lajoie?  Ty Cobb?  Nope.  Ted Williams, right?  Right.  Maybe it’s better that way.  There were certainly some athletes who cheated directly and there were other athletes who bent-but-didn’t-break the rules.  There were also some athletes who cheated and didn’t become successful.  But all hitting, across the boards, has been better since 1993.  It’s probably not a fluke.  It might not even have to do anything with the players taking steroids, but it’s been fun to watch, so why not accept it?

Thought that was maybe the most salient point of the afternoon.

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