NEW YORK—After the records of players who used performance-enhancing drugs are carefully removed, statistics provided by the Elias Sports Bureau indicate that lifetime .255 hitter Craig Counsell was the best player of the past 15 years. "If you judge them on the basis of pure physical ability, you're left with Craig Counsell," said ESB representative Patrick Wondolowski, adding that Counsell's 35 career home runs narrowly beat out Quinton McCracken's 21 and pitcher Glendon Rusch's three. Upon hearing the news, broadcaster Bob Uecker lauded the Brewers utilityman as "one of the best I ever saw, if we're talking about those who I can say without a doubt never took steroids. He came this close to stealing a base off of Ivan Rodriguez, and I swear I heard him foul tip a Roger Clemens fastball. The kid could flat-out steroid-free play. One time he was playing third base and he caught a Rafael Palmeiro line drive—just caught it, right in his mitt." When asked about his Hall of Fame chances, Counsell dodged the question by asking if anyone had a few bucks so he could go buy a sandwich.
The Union Association survived for only one season (1884), as did the Players' League (1890), an attempt to return to the National Association structure of a league controlled by the players themselves. Both leagues are considered major leagues by many baseball researchers because of the perceived high caliber of play and the number of star players featured. However, some researchers have disputed the major league status of the Union Association, pointing out that franchises came and went and contending that the St. Louis club, which was deliberately "stacked" by the league's president (who owned that club), was the only club that was anywhere close to major league caliber.
Basically, this is what the MLB did when they banned steroids yet didn’t implement any testing or policing policies in the major leagues until 2003. Why wouldn’t the players go ahead and roid up? There was really no way to get caught. Even if they did get caught there was no form of discipline in place to punish the players that were using. Commissioner Bud Selig deserves a lot of the blame. He wasn’t all high and mighty on his throne casting out judgement and ridicule when steroids were saving his job in the late nineties. No, in fact he went from “acting” Commissioner of Baseball to being named officially the 9 th Commissioner of Baseball. Instead of attempting to stop the issue before it became bigger, he let it grow and manifest into what would later turn into multiple witch hunts ex. Mitchell Report. It also affected the fans in that now there were federal hearings starting to take place over steroids in baseball. Essentially fans were having their tax dollars pay for something that Congress shouldn’t have been involved with in the first place.