That's only true if you think the PEDs were used in roughly proportional numbers by pitchers and hitters, and if you think they have equivalent effects.Corrado wrote:Who cares? Honestly, the pitchers (Clemens) were juicing, and the hitters were juicing... then whats the real problem? No one had an unfair advantage.
You can decide to ignore their achievements (ie hand the single-season HR record back to Maris) but you can't wipe their playing records -- note without affecting the records of every pitcher who ever pitched to them and every fielder who ever recorded an out against them. (And likewise you can't wipe the records of the juicing pitchers).PRIME1 wrote: Ban all the juicers from the HoF and wipe their records.
Frankly, I don't care about the HoF -- I'll never visit, and the voting process is more than a bit of a joke -- so they can do whatever they want as it won't affect the game being played. The steroids era is an unfortunate one for baseball, just like the segregated era that allowed white players to pad their stats by not playing against all the best players, and the gambling era that culminated in the Black Sox scandal (though there were plenty of cases of teams throwing games before that). Not to mention the players like Gaylord Perry who were still scuffing and doctoring balls long after Roy Chapman's death (and long after the remaining grandfathered spitballers had left the game) or the teams that were stealing signs and corking bats. Baseball survived all of that, and it'll survive this too.
It's interesting that despite all the best efforts of the pharmaceutical dark arts, the best hitters still fail more 60% of the time. And the artificial enhancements that unambiguously help with that -- contact lenses and corrective eye surgery -- are allowed and completely uncontroversial.