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Does a tree falling in a forest make a sound if there’s no one there to hear it?


Jose Canseco called a press conference in Beverly Hills yesterday soon after the Manny Ramirez story broke. The point was basically for him to say “I told you so,” which is fine, he did tell us so, and to complain (again) about MLB’s conspiracy against him. As you can see, there were plenty of good seats still available (via the

Jose, I don’t think anyone is naive enough to deny there were/are many, many ballplayers on the juice. Just don’t fool yourself into thinking anyone wants to continue to hear from a self-aggrandizer who’s convinced this whistle-blowing campaign means anything in the grand scheme of things.

In fact, the more superstars we expose as juicers, the less weight the argument that juicers had this undeniable advantage against the rest of the field. Everyone from Endy Chavez to Eric Gagne to Barry Bonds is suspected (if not exposed outright) of juicing. In other words, it’s pretty likely that just about everyone is/was juicing.

Maybe it’s time to let go of the crusade. Trying to get a leg up on your competition isn’t something exclusive to modern baseball. And get this — there are some sports where ultimately, it doesn’t matter (ahem, NFL).



  1. I don’t think that cheating is appropriate, but you’re right. I don’t care anymore about the steroid accusations.

    Bud Selig blew his chance to address the steroid issue in the 1990s. It’s time to accept the era for what it is. Even with the steroid testing program we have now, I have no idea how many players are still cheating — they’re not being tested for HGH.

  2. The thing I have no idea about is how do you measure how much PEDs helps your performance statistically?

    Did it help Bonds hit 5 more home runs in 2001? 20 more?

    And not knowing how many players were using during the steroid era complicates that question even more. I just don’t like it when people or the media complains: “oh the numbers are all screwed up because players took steroids.”

    Well, how do you know that? If most of the hitters did it and most of the pitchers did it, there is no advantage. And, if no one can put a definite number on how many more home runs you’ll hit or strikeouts you’ll get if you take PEDs, then I think we’re just going by assumptions that the numbers are screwed up from the steroid era.

    I’ve read things that said steroid use doesn’t make that much of a difference on a player’s performance. And I believe that the trend to smaller ballparks and a strike zone that favors hitters had a lot bigger effect on the late ’90s/early ’00s hitting numbers than steroids.

    I don’t condone PED use at all. But the hysteria has got to stop.

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