The Steroid Era, the 1918 Black Sox Scandal, the doctoring of baseballs, the corked bats and on and on.
Baseball and cheating just can’t seem to stay away from each other. Even relatively inconsequential matters such as stealing signs and tipping off the batter routinely occur in today’s game. Even Derek Jeter faked getting hit by a pitch last season!
As a result of cheating, the integrity of many prestigious records (single-season HR record, all-time HR record) has been greatly compromised. All the asterisks in the world can’t undo the fact that Barry Bonds has hit more home runs than anyone in history.
Don’t get me wrong; I think baseball is the greatest game in the world, but unfortunate as it may be, America’s Pastime has been synonymous with cheating for nearly a century, maybe more.