Any power hitter from this era?
Try any dominant pitcher from this era... along with the majority of the power hitters... along with anybody who continued to play this game at a high level into their forties...
The use of steroids over the previous ten seasons was most likely borderline epidemic, starting from the lowest levels of the minors to the doors of Cooperstown. The advantages of HGH and Steroids, when used correctly, in conjuction with proper education and training patterns is literally unbelievable.
These weren't just guys going into back alleys or gyms and getting black-market, shady garbage and injecting it like a slot machine. This is biological science at work, with doctors, researchers, and clinical laboratories that reach far beyond Balco. We've only seen the tip of the iceberg, and hopefully that's all we'll ever see.
Twenty years from now, when steroid- and HGH-testing have become reliable and wide-covering, and testing for future performance enhancers is made a priority by the league, the difference in numbers around the league is probably going to be staggering. It will literally be like watching a completely different game.
Don't get me wrong... I'm not saying anything that hasn't been said before, I'm not even getting down on the players who have used before. Hell, I'm a steroid supporter for any athlete, hell, anybody who wants to look or feel better (when used responsibly and correctly under close supervision by someone who knows what they're doing). But the fact that this ostrich is pulling it's head out of the ground during the middle of a nuclear meltdown certainly tarnishes the credibility of the game.
I just hope the mistakes of yesterday and today (and probably tommorrow) when it comes to this issue doesn't turn off our own children to being fans of our country's pasttime... because that's really what the most important thing about this game to me is.