I have to perform a dirty job. While my colleagues here at IIATMS get to write glowing tributes to Andy Pettitte, I instead need to examine the only true blemish on Pettitte’s career: his brush with performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). I can’t escape this assignment: I do most of the writing here on PEDs.
Let’s give it a shot. Let’s try to perform a “rational” analysis of Pettitte and PEDs. Let’s see if we can answer the $64 question: should Pettitte’s admitted use of human growth hormone (HGH) affect his candidacy for admission to baseball’s Hall of Fame?
To understand Pettitte’s use of HGH, I’ll ask three simple questions. Did he cheat? Did he lie? Did he performance-enhance?
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