GeneRex wrote:The numbers are numbers. The records are records. They are all valid and they all count.
The hitting numbers are not skewed because of steroids. For every batter on steroids, it's quite possible they are facing a pitcher on steroids, too.
A player's numbers are clearly a matter of his competition and playing era. The number of pitchers that throw high heat has increased. Bat speed and muscle mass have increased. It's all merely fighting fire with fire.
You don't have a location listed, but in case you didn't know, here in America steroids are illegal. We're not talking about them just being illegal in the game of baseball, but these fools (Conseco, Bonds, Giambi, etc.) should be in jail.
The numbers are
skewed. Even if the pitchers are on steroids, too, that's still going to lead to a lot of longballs (a 100 mph fastball hit squarely will have a better chance of going out than an 80 mph fastball).
It's a given that today's players should be bigger, faster and stronger than the athletes of yester-year just because of advances made in health and fitness. However, steroids make it possible for players to demolish these old records with far less skill than those who set them.
Maybe you and millions of others will accept Bonds' home run record, and when he breaks Aaron's all-time record, you might accept that, too. But he cheated -- plain and simple. Not only should his numbers be erased from the books, but he should be banned from Cooperstown and thrown in jail.