Saturday, April 08, 2006

steroids in baseball

since steroid use is an undeniable fact in the history of professional american baseball, perhaps it ought to be embraced and contained, and attempts to regulate it with unenforceable policies abandoned.

if the national league, for example, were to permit steroid use, and the american league were to forbid it, fans could choose to see either an "extreme" or a "conventional" game; this would also put a new spin on the world series and the all-star games, similar to the chess match between gary kasparov and ibm's deep blue computer.

this way, players who wanted to play the game straight could have fair competition, and players more interested in the performative aspects of the sport could have a fair outlet as well. consumers would be given more choice.

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