ravenmad22 wrote:This is why people shouldn't be so quick to "asterisk" the records of Bonds and McGwire. The pitchers were cheating too.
And? Big deal. Asterisk their records too. We aren't basing records on the current batter vs. the current pitcher. Records have historic value.
Yeah, records only have value relative to the era. Should we asterisk Babe ruth because he didn't play with black players? How about the dead ball era, should we go back and add 20 HR to everyone's total because it was harder to hit HR? Don't think so.
Records only have meaning in the context of the competition and the era in which they came. There has always been cheating, and there always will be. Corked bats and spitballs are just earlier manifestations of cheating.
What I'm saying is the fact that pitchers were cheating balances out the fact that hitters were too. Hitters just get all the publicity because they are more captivating when they hit long HR.