I’m reminded of this as we hear yet another round of Performance Enhanced Drug allegations, involving big names such as Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez and others.
The fact is, baseball players have always cheated. Or should I say, “stretched beyond the written rules to gain an edge.” Take this brief list, for example:
- Pine tar
- Stealing signs
- Petroleum Jelly
- Corked bats
- Synthetic PEDs
Baseball players have always looked for an advantage, and always will. They were cheating 20 years ago, 10 years ago, 1 year ago, last week and today. They will cheat tomorrow and this season too.
The only difference now is that today, through remarkable innovation, the methods of cheating are beyond anything we’ve ever seen. We’ve gone from cork and greenies to labs and synthetics.
I heard all the rumors and stories when broadcasting in the 90’s, and some guys I knew well ended up named in the Mitchell Report.
Players are only human. They’re going to cash in when possible. The big difference, today they are cashing in with zeros at the end.
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