Am I the only one wondering? The fans in Cincinnati last night were frantically enjoying the Major Baseball League (MBL) long ball contest as one batter after another hit lots of home runs, many a very long distance, off pitches with minimum velocity, which means that the batter supplied all the power. For a decade the MBL made use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) a big issue, which focused almost exclusively on home run hitting even though pitchers were often caught breaking the rules.
So why glorify the act, which resulted from the use of PED? And were the accomplishments in the Home Run Derby enhanced by the juicing of:
- all of the above?
Who hasn't wondered about that, not just in this year's derby, but in others in the last decade? And why would a league feature and promote the one specific aspect of its game that was at the center of its own self defined scandal?
Is that old black magic (PED) back? Home run leaders way up. Friday, July 3, 2015