- Jan 4, 2002
Bob Nightengale has a column at USA Today about PEDs in MLB:
MLB is on pace for 6,657, nearly 1,100 more than a year ago, and 600 more than the record of 6,105 in 2017. Teams are averaging a 2.74 homers a game, with 16 teams on pace to break franchise records. The Minnesota Twins hit more home runs in the first half than any team in history, eclipsing their total from all of last season. They’re on pace to hit 307 homers – 82 more than their franchise record.
Everybody in MLB has accepted that the baseball is juiced, or as Commissioner Rob Manfred has said, there is less drag on the ball causing it to go farther.
This is the narrative everyone wants to believe.
But what if there is more to it? What if it's as though we've gone back to the 1990s, and we’re being naive?
What if doping is back in a big way?