Tuesday, August 6, 2013
It's Time To Free Pete
Fast forward to the steroid era, somewhat loosely defined as mid 90's to the current day. Does taking performance enhancing drugs affect the outcome of games? Absolutely. Players taking certain drugs recover more quickly from injuries. Other drugs increase strength and power. If a pitcher is throwing 89 mph fastballs and after juicing is clocking 95 mph, has his drug use affected the outcome of the game? In my mind it has. If a hitter goes from hitting 12 home runs to hitting 30, has that increased output affected the outcome of the games in which he played? In my mind it has.
And yet the players, admitted drug users or those in denial, are given suspensions which allow them to not only play again but to earn millions of dollars more. To me they have affected the outcomes of games as surely as Pete Rose. You can argue that gambling on the game is more harmful because a gambler might find a way to fix or throw games. The drug users, while not fixing games, changed the outcomes of games just the same, cheating other teams, the fans, the game itself. They should be banned for life too.
If MLB is not going to treat all cheaters equally, then reinstate Pete Rose and give him his rightful place in the Hall of Fame.