Former Boston Red Sox great has been vocal on his disapproval of steroid and performance enhancing drug usage during his time in MLB. In recent comments, Martinez notes that PED users — most notably his former Boston teammate Manny Ramirez — were numerous in baseball:
“It wasn’t just Manny,” Martinez said of the use of performance-enhancing drugs. “Probably 60 percent of baseball was doing that.”
Martinez, who has stated he was clean, enjoyed pitching during the high times of the steroid era.
“I wouldn’t want it any other way,” Martinez said. “There’s no crying.”
Baseball purists probably cringe at statements from players like this, but does this signify a change in baseball? Probably, many players will always want to get the advantage and if players like Martinez, presumably clean, can dominate, maybe baseball should look into better PED reform.
No matter what you think, PED usage probably will not stop, and certainly cannot be fully controlled. Baseball has been slow to change its ways and the PED issue is concerning, but probably will not go away, probably not at all. The road to reforms is upon us. We will see how baseball adapts to the times.