How Baseball Players Should Be Judged

Buster OlneyI think all players should be judged within the context of the era in which they played, and during McGwire’s career, the sport was saturated with performance-enhancing drugs, largely because over the period of about 15 years, no one within the institution of baseball — not the union leaders, not MLB owners, not the commissioner, not the clean players, nor the media that covered the sport — aggressively addressed the growing problem. Through that inaction, what evolved was a chemical Frankenstein of a game. Like it or not, that’s what the sport was in that time: no drug testing, lots of drug use, lots of drug users, lots of money being made by everybody. (And by the way, no team, baseball executive or player has offered to give back the money made in that time.)

The idea of retroactive morality is ridiculous…

—Buster Olney
Quoted in Buster Olney Is Fed Up With Hall of Fame Voting

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