Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Rocker's take on steroids isn't wrong
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
Jul 13, 2013 | 1853 views |  0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former star relief pitcher John Rocker told a Cleveland radio station this past week he thinks baseball was a better game during the Steroids Era.

Rocker, who admits he used steroids during his career, makes his argument from the entertainment standpoint. He says it’s more fun to watch guys throw 101 miles per hour and hit 500-foot home runs.

He might have a point.

In some ways, it was fun to watch guys pile up big offensive numbers, and we’re not talking about only Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.

I’ve never really understood those who treat steroid as if they are some big giant affront to the sacred game of baseball. Guys in other sports use, and when we find out, we barely have enough energy to say, “Meh.”

But if a baseball player has even a whiff of steroid use about him, we treat him as if he burned the flag at home plate while grabbing his crotch with one hand and punching a baby with the other.

Apparently, lots of guys did it. It wasn’t expressly against the rules back then, and in the end, Rocker has a point – it was kind of fun to see all the offense.

With increased monitoring, testing and penalties, steroids don’t appear to be nearly as wide-spread in baseball, and the statistics appear to show that.

It’s still a great game. But it was a great game in the Steroid Era, too. Is that such a bad thing to admit?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at 256-235-3570 or medwards@annistonstar.com. Follow on Twitter @MarkSportsStar.
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