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What If Novelists Took Steroids?

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Reprinted from The New York Times by Michael Farris Smith on August, 10 2013 COLUMBUS, Miss. — WELL, Major League Baseball, you’re making me depressed. I can’t even revel in the satisfaction of the Braves having their longest winning streak since 2000 because every time I turn on “SportsCenter,” you’re there with your performance-enhancing drugs, with your suspensions, with A-Rod, Ryan Braun and then some more A-Rod. The worst part is that we all knew. We saw the broken-bat home runs. We watched Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds blow up like carnival prizes. Cheating is hardly new to baseball. Gaylord Perry, the Hall of Fame pitcher, and others like him cheated with Vaseline and nail files and…

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