Jeff Kolpack, Published June 28 2009
Costas says Maris’ 61 homers are the ‘authentic record’ for a single seasonSportscaster Bob Costas said Saturday that baseball is doing a better job of dealing with the performance-enhancing drug issue, but the game will never get rid of the tarnished image of the era.
“Even if they did everything perfect going forward, they are stuck with the consequences of inaction prior to that,” he said.
Costas points to statistics and players’ body types as evidence that the game is coming clean. Still, records fell at a heightened clip in the last two decades, including Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61.
“Sixty-one is the authentic record,” Costas said.