I saw an article by the AP this morning that says that MLB commissioner Bud Selig “believes baseball can solve its steroids problem without help from Congress“. I believe that too. Baseball can solve the problem themselves. However I don’t think they will. Why? Because it’s not in their best interests to do so. It’s in their best interests to make it look like they are doing something about it but not to actually solve it because as soon as the home runs stop being hit at record pace the game will lose some of the excitment that brings your average fan to the park.
The students of the game will always come to the park. They are draw by the stolen base, the hit-and-run and the suicide squeeze. But the average fan, that crucial demographic, is drawn by the long ball. And when the long ball stops, they’ll stop coming. And that is why steroids will remain a part of the game for a long time to come.