Pretending that baseball players aren't cheating with performance-enhancing drugs anymore might make it easy to cheer for home runs again, but it doesn't exactly help fight the problem. Blind faith does not help to find the truth.
When Ryan Braun, the future of good-guy, clean baseball players and current National League MVP, reportedly tested positive for a banned substance in October, it was portrayed as a shock. It was proof that baseball's problem still existed.
Did you really need that proof? If so, then shame on you. Or maybe you didn't need proof, really, but instead the media, always a little too hyper, were just faking moral shock again. There was no way we were all going to fall for this again, right?
The truth is that Braun, who says he is innocent and still hasn't had his day in court, was not another failure of commissioner Bud Selig's handling of PEDs. This was one of Selig's greatest successes on the issue. Maybe the only one, actually. And way too late. But still,...