An Illusion of Constant Values

Drugged athletes have lost some novelty in recent years, but far more successfully than their heroes, baseball fans have maintained an innocence less detectable in other sports. When player-witnesses like Kansas City Outfielder Lonnie Smith and New York First Baseman Keith Hernandez began lining up at the courthouse, the fans worried first about the standings. Since the Royals and Mets were nearly abreast of California and St. Louis in climaxing division races, couldn't the absence of one regular for even a game or two jumble all of the results? As if drugs had never decided a championship before.

In 1982 the...

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