There is a reason you need to pay players now...for many it’s not worth playing for free any longer.
You also have not taken into consideration many of the old school players would not stick a needle in their azz and pretend like they have power. heck..for the first ten years I played 1981-1990 PED were not even known for softball.
So I think you really need to compare pre steroid era to today and that more or less means pre 1993 for the AA and below players... prior to 1993 very few AA or A players were enhanced.. in the beginning of the 1990s ped started to be part of the major teams.
By 1991 it more or took over the sport...so no...today’s ped players are no better then the ped players in the 1990s. their style of play has just slightly changed... a few of them only carry “some” extra weight so they can still be very fast in the outfield. they have also learned to use the whole field when they hit...other then that... everything more or less looks similar.
What I find interesting in watching Dale’s condensed games is compared to the past how many infielders are so tight across the shoulders (weak armed) they have a hard time throwing across the infield in the air...that was never the case in the 80s or early 90s.
The final of my points of today versus past players is....in the past...unfortunately compared to now is... more americans were playing baseball when they were young compared to nowadays ..
I am a supply side guy and less top athletes are playing the game now so the talent pool is shallower then in the past.
No one can judge how many great potential softball players
do not play now because of travel and ped use.