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Make Baseball Great Again: Don’t Tell Jose Canseco

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Remember when Baseball was great? Barry Bonds was in the Bay, hitting baseballs to Alcatraz Island. Sammy Sosa didn’t reach a sprint for half a decade because hey, all he was doing was the home run trot.

We were nearing a new century, the game was packed with a perfect mix of veteran super stars like Griffey, Piazza and Ripken and talented up and coming players like Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz and Derek Jeter.  The New York Yankees, the great American franchise, were in the midst of another dynasty under the MLB’s preeminent owner George Steinbrenner.

Even into Michael Jordan’s 90’s, Baseball was America’s pastime.

Then along came Jose Canseco.

Look, if you watched any baseball in the 90’s you’d have been a fool to think all those bats got going on account of practice and modern advances in training. The juice was loose in every single ballpark and spring training facility in the league. Players were doing what they had to do to get their stats, so they could get their contract and take care of their families.

I can understand the “get off my front lawn” crowd who wants to say, hey they’re messing with statistics in America’s oldest game, how are we to judge them against the past?

Well first of all, it wasn’t steroids like today but, it doesn’t take much digging to find out that a solid percentage of the league was experimenting with testosterone as early as the 1890’s, and amphetamines were being passed around like M&M’s through the WWII era and into the 60’s and 70’s.

So, one has to ask, what is the difference? Players have been looking for advantages since the game began. Sure, the idea of using steroids and harming your body isn’t great, but pitching a ball 100 MPH over and over again isn’t good for your body either, nor is taking a fastball to the neck because you flipped your bat on your last hit, but that’s another topic for another day.

The young generation is bucking the trend of the boring personality like Ripken and Jeter. These millennials like their stars like Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton.

Now can we buck the trend of the athlete being the true north on our children’s moral compass? Let them use steroids, if they don’t care about the damage it does to their bodies why should we? I want to see home runs, I want to see grand slams and home run record chases. So come on, let’s make Baseball Great Again.

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