In the wake of the Ryan Braun suspension by Major League Baseball the only thing that seems clear about the “post-steroid era” is that the shadows and lingering impacts of the “steroid era” are far from gone.
The debate and speculation raging around Chris Davis’ pursuit of the single season home run record, ranges from which record or whose record should be seen as the actual record to whether or not Davis himself is fueling his pursuit by natural means. The Hall of Fame is set to embark on a decade or more of pretending that the best baseball players we’ve seen over the last 25+ years never existed, while also trying to attract paying customers to the city of Cooperstown for their annual enshrinement ritual. And while many will suggest that MLB is sending a message through their pursuit of those associated with the Biogenesis clinic, they’re also acknowledging that the work of 1 investigative journalist looking into 1 Florida clinic has unearthed some 15 or more users of performance enhancers most of whom somehow evaded Major League Baseball’s own testing policies and procedures.
While we can applaud baseball’s efforts to punish those who cheat, regardless of how they were caught, we also have to concede that what we’re finding out about Biogenesis and its clients casts serious doubts about MLB’s ability to police itself through the testing policies that are in place and that failed to catch most of these guys. Applaud baseball for their willingness to acknowledge it, but save declarations of this as the “post steroid era” until MLB starts catching more of its users on their own.