hot4tx wrote:Bill James assertion that players on roids playing better into later years means steroids makes you younger and possibly in the future we'll all be on roids is like saying in the future we could all be taking meth to keep obesity down and take PCP because it makes you stronger. Well its possible that we could, but lets not allow illegal drug trafficking and use just because you think there's a chance it might be adoptable in some medical use "in the future".
Illegal drugs are illegal drugs and while players that took roids will deal with the consequences themselves later in life, the biggest problem was that as widespread as the use was it became harder to compete at a top level without roids. Not only harder for ML players, but for guys in the minors, college kids and even high school kids.
Testing ML players doesn't put an absolute stop to kids dying from roids, but its a step in the right direction. Bill James assertion that just because in the future we could have some type of steroid or testosterone that everyone takes like vitamins, that its ok that people illegally used drugs now and in the past is either him attempting to write an inflammatory BS article or an admission of complete idiocy on his part.
Either way I lost any respect I had for him as a journalist with that un-researched turd. JMHO.
1. Steroids are not illegal
2. There are many medical uses for steroids now
3. I didn't read it as Bill James saying it's ok that people illegally used drugs (which I agree they did but still don't see it as being against baseball's rules at the time), simply that in the future people will change their opinions
4. Bill James is not a journalist, he's a statistician