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Wonderfully, modern perfect games are the fruit of an era…

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I was reading the brilliantly written piece by Joe Posnanski on SI; featuring Roy Halladay’s perfect game. I didn’t see the game, but I generally follow baseball very closely. The article’s point is that the perfect game no longer has its aura, or dynamic mist around it anymore. I tend to agree. However I think another major cause is the use of steroids, pitchers thus being held to a higher standard, and random drug testing. At the ssame time it seems to me that there is an excellence that has emerged. Remember how 50 homer seasons were the norm? The pitchers were getting killed… However when testing began, steroids reduced the hitting talent pool and pitching rebounded faster.

You have to believe that in baseball (minors and majors) there was some serious steroid use. How much, no one can say but it was ‘very prevalent’ according to many reports. So what we are seeing in baseball is where the strongest of the strong are left over. Players with natural talent, honed by the most competitive era in baseball history. Look at some of the talents who are still amateurs. The old pro’s who were then are still today, just not all of them. The steroid era cleaned baseball…and we are indeed reaping a fine game.


Written by lionoah

May 30, 2010 at 20:14