Snake...that would be Whitey Ford for fifty.
Tanner, corked bats, how bout the gob of tape (And weight) that Sosa used to have on the cap of his bat (That sped up the bat head).
You are right of course, in a perfect world it would be skill against skill. It just isn't a perfect world. We pour 'billions" of dollars, into sports, T.V. has the same amount of investment, not to mention Nike, Rawlings, Louiscille Slugger, et. al.. We make em more than human. How can mear mortals face up to this and not at some point fall to corruption? Remember when Sosa had his corked bat? Well I had this theory that I ran by a major leaguer, he said I was 100% correct. it was this, Sammy was facing a world that adored him, he and McGuire had "saved baseball". Most people don't remember that he had just sustained what I would term "the worst head shot hbp ever. He was dealing with a toe injury also and went into a profound slump. Now using the corker to get off the schnide was rhe risk Sosa felt was worth the possible ramification. Was money his motivation? nah he bought into his superhuman press and didn't want to be exposed as a mortal that could be brought down by such a thing....Though he showed the whole world his fear when Josh Beckett threw high and inside to him in the NLCS (Gaurantee you this was the turning point in that series, Sosa wasn't a factor again for the rest of his career). Don't know Rogers motivation but I suspect he was looking for a little bite on the sinker he's been throwing this year, but you can bet that money is the reason it's swept under the rug, "lowest ratings", 23+ scoreless streak....you bet MLB and TV are gonna have Kenny Rogers pitch the 6th game if they can get to it. Shoot the story line itself will get ratings back to where they are "supposed" to be. We push for super-human performance and act shocked when these people can't stand up to the pressure. Rogers isn't a sob story, it is a reality story, if he was caught, 10 game immediate suspension, fines and hated more than he was after he put the big slap on that guy. He was willing to risk it based on the fact that he has been doing it all year (Just like Sosa and the gob of weight/tape at the cap of is bat).
Just one other thing, the News media and MLB just love the outrage and contraversy....refer to the statement about ratings on that one.