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Was Baseball Better With PEDs?


TJ Wrangler

Was baseball better with PEDs?  

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  1. 1. Was baseball better with PEDs?



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Yes it was because it was more entertaining. No stories have rivaled those of the HR chase days between Sosa and McGwire.

I really enjoyed that year, not knowing what was feuling it. But over the next few years, as 60 HR became a ho-hum thing and Bonds started his ridicuous run, it went over the top. I prefer a world where 50 HR is a very notable accomplishment, and a bid for 60 HR is cause for newspaper headlines, to a world where homers are a routine event.

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I'm a fan of baseball, or any sport really, where there is an ongoing battle between competing strategies. Maybe this was influenced by growing up in the 80s, when you had Earl being Earl, you had Harvey's Wallbangers with a bunch of Gorman Thomases, and you had the Royals and Cardinals stealing bases at will, hitting tons of triples, and batting Tommy Herr 3rd. It was wonderful. In any season you might see Steve Stone win 25, Cecil Fielder or Mark McGwire hit 45 or 50 homers, or Rickey steal 130.

But after a while the game tends to favor one set of strategies. It takes some kind of external influence to drive it back into flux. I think we're going back that way now, and it's nice. Any time you peg the scale all the way to 11 (in whichever direction) for too long the game loses something. It was harder to have any kind of real strategy when a lot of teams have 20-homer guys 1-9. Just as it's hard to do much creatively offensively when the league ERA is 2.20.

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