It is the belief of some that Major League Baseball only experienced rampant performance enhancing drug use among its players during the 1990s and early 2000s. Those who believe that also likely believe Santa Claus is real.
The harsh reality of it all is that cheating took place well before the "Steroid Era" and probably even as far back as the beginning of professional baseball. Hey, if you aren't cheating, you aren't trying, right?
In a recent essay, former MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes wrote about the pressure to use PEDs, as well as a shocking revelation about an anonymous Hall of Famer, who may or may not be a hypocrite.
Disturbingly, not long ago I was having dinner with a former long time Major League player that spoke about the steroid use of a prominent Hall of Famer that played the majority of his career in the 70′s and 80′s… Ha! Not like I was shocked but damn… So many members of the Hall of Fame, including this character, have recently spoken out and condemned guys who have had ties to performance enhancing drugs, saying there is no place for “cheaters” in the HOF… I just wonder how many of the other guys in the “Hall” were actually cheaters themselves?
That last point is a great one from Byrnes.
There have been no shortage of living HOF members to come forward and condemn any player who ever used PEDs during their playing days. Most have even gone as far as saying those players linked to PEDs have no business gaining admittance into Cooperstown. But just how many of them are guilty of cheating in some form or fashion themselves?
Check out his full essay here.
Via Hardball Talk