Women writing about baseball? I almost can’t believe my eyes, but it’s true. Check out the Baseball Widow, who will soon be featured in my Up & Coming section. Here’s her opine regards our steroids dialogue:
…. As I see it, there are basically three ways to examine the consequences of Performance Enhancing Drugs (“PEDs”) in baseball.
1. If Barry Bonds is the only person using PEDs, then it cheapens his accomplishments because his domination of the field stems, quite simply, from cheating. If that’s true, then I’m sure history will appropriately asterisk his records and move on. This would hold true for any small number of individuals using PEDs in the game.
2. If everyone is happily using some sort of PED, then it’s hard to feel indignant about any one person using them. We may fret over their health or over the ethics of introducing such a variable into the game, but if everyone does it, then it can’t be cheating. At least, it doesn’t threaten the competitive balance among players.
3. If most people are using PEDs and the people who don’t are negatively affected, then baseball has a problem. A player who won’t use PEDs when everyone else is will probably lose his job. . . either because his actual performance will suffer or because a club won’t keep a player who isn’t willing to do absolutely anything for the roster spot.
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