Originally posted by no1marauder
No, it wasn't "deception" at all and was allowed by the rules (assuming he did it). I took BD to be saying that he "deceived" his opponents by doing so, but I don't accept that rationale for the reason stated (again assuming he did it).
"Building muscle mass" is not a sufficient prerequiste for "socking 70 home runs" BTW. And yes, I think building muscle mass should be accepted as part of the game as laser eye surgery is.
It's baseball, a game; not a technological race to build the world's first super-player. I would never support a league where the reckless use of HGH and anabolic steroids is not explicitly prohibited and monitored.
That being said, what's been done by MLB in the past 10 or so years is done. Scores of players got away with steroid abuse as the overly-inflated numbers indicate (not exactly concrete proof, I know, but circumstantial evidence nonetheless). Should players like Big Mac, Sosa, Bonds, Raffy, etc. be held accountable for the effect of the poor decisions of MLB executives and officials? I'm not so sure. Unfortunately, the voters don't see it that way...
As a point of interest:
Silver medalist at the 1984 Olympics
1987 AL Rookie of the Year with 49 homeruns at the age of 24
1989 Wolrd Series Champion
Numbers dwindled until bottoming out in 1991 - 22 HRs, .201 avg
"With the help of a sports vision specialist he regained his mental edge, and with the aid of a weightlifting program he became even stronger. He rebounded to hit 42 homers and bat .268 in 1992"