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MLB Home Run Leaders Stats Page
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to see HR leaders dating back to 1876)
Illustrated was the first to uncover a Major League Baseball survey
testing, which took place in 2003, that listed 104 players who had
tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. This afternoon
baseball's poster boy, Alex Rodriguez, who was on that list of
players, has come forward in an interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons
admitting the use of performance enhancing drugs from 2001 - 2003.
Remember when 50 home runs was a rarity in Major League Baseball? When the thought of multiple guys hitting 50 in the same year was damn near impossible? It was the 1980's, an entire decade during which not one major league ball player hit 50 home runs. In 1990, Cecil Fielder hit 51 and then it's wasn't until 1995, when Albert Belle blasted 50 homers, that we saw another player equal the feat (see the chart at the left). After the 1995 season, all of a sudden 50 home runs was eclipsed with regularity. Since 1995, 14 players hit 50 or more home runs twenty-three times ... remember Brady Anderson? Look at the number of 40+ home run hitters over the same time span and compare those numbers to players hitting 40+ in the early nineties. So what happened around that timeframe to bring about such a dramatic swing in home run production, you ask?
Well ... two strike shortened seasons caused frustrated fans to turn their backs on major league baseball for one. Owners were losing money as ballparks looked like ghost towns and the momentum of the baseball machine slowed to a crawl. Strike-weary, embittered fans stayed home instead of heading to the ballpark as attention turned away from our national pasttime. Baseball needed something to bring its fans back to the game, to atone for the betrayal of a canceled World Series. Then all of a sudden, as if right on cue, there was surge in home run production. Baseballs were flying out of major league ballparks in unprecedented numbers. There were suspicions of a more tightly wound ball, corked bats, hitters that had finally caught up with pitchers, the purity of the game was at stake and we were making excuses! But the truth is coming to light. Itís becoming more and more evident that Major League Baseball apparently turned a blind eye to the steroid use that was running rampant throughout the league during our so-called "steroid era". Well the chickens are coming home to roost, my friends. A-Rod drops a bomb this week and there remain 103 other athletes on that list that have also tested positive for PEDís. I'm waiting for allegations to surface that the MLB actually encouraged it's athletes to begin using for the betterment of the game. Whether steroid use was encouraged or not, one thing is clear ... MLB ballplayers got the message.
My issue with the entire situation is the purity of the game. Since the 1870ís professional baseball has been a mainstay in this country. The Pro Baseball Hall of Fame has stood as hallowed ground, honoring the best of our game and preserving the gameís integrity. It stands as a measuring stick to compare the accomplishments of athletes of the past to athletes of our current era. I agree that records are made to be broken. As guys get bigger and stronger, as training and nutrition methods improve, as medical technology prolongs careers, eventually these records will fall. But when chemicals that are designed for athletic performance improvement enter the equation, there is no purity. How can athletes of the steroid era seriously be considered to be on par with baseballís icons? Ruth, Maris, Mantle, Aaron.
So as the steroid era draws to a close, considering the astonishing confession of Alex Rodriguez, should an asterisk be placed over the entire era? When will the Human Growth Hormone bombshell be dropped? How can you compare an era of cheaters and liars to an era when baseball was pure? How can records that have stood for decades fall at the hands of those that would dishonor the game by cheating? You tell me friends, was there a concerted effort on the part of Major League Baseball to introduce anabolic steroids to their players? Did Major League Baseball make a deal with the devil to bring back their once proud sport, our so-called "national pastime"? You be the judge ...
Jacob from Albany
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
|A-Rod???!!! I was
completely shocked. A-Rod was supposed to be squeaky clean Ö the
eventual savior of Major League Baseball. As Barry Bonds and Jason
Giambi were being thrown under the bus during the Balco scandal, it was
A-Rod that we pointed to, saying that once he eclipses Bonds (an
eventual certainty), we know we'll finally have a legitimate home run
champion. We looked at the pictures of Bonds, McGuire, and Sosa
comparing the size of their craniums from present day to earlier in
their career, citing as evidence, the pro-wrestler physiques they
seemed to grow over night. It was clear these guys were on something.
Then we looked at A-Rod and Ken Griffy, Jr., guys that have been
performing for years at a consistently high level with no grotesque,
abnormal off-season growth Ö guys that couldn't possibly have sought an
unfair advantage. how wrong we were. Seems to me that anyone
who had a great statistical season during the steroid era should be
under suspicion. Tired of seeing dumb decisions made in the sports world? Use your sports
knowledge to put money in your pocket when you
William from Portland
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
|As far as I'm concerned
Henry Aaron is a class act. When Bond was on his historic run at
the home run record amidst accusations, Aaron complained, but in the end
he did what was best for baseball and congratulated Bonds. Looking
at what's coming to light today it's easy to see why Aaron had such
reservations about the entire run to the record books. The whole
Steroid Era deserves its big fat ASTERISK!!!
David from Worcester, Ma
Date: Wed, April 29, 2009 8:25 am
|Hey everyone was doing it
and me personally dont care who was shooting
who! Loved the steroid era and wish it would have never came to a end. I want to be entertained and if a go breaks a record from some guy 100 years ago that's what records are for to be broken.
Jake from Huntingtown
Date: Wed, April 29, 2009 11:58 am
|I could not believe it
when it surfaced. A-Rod took steroids. He was my
idol when I played baseball, since I was third base. This article is very
eye-opening and I believe that the MLB may have secretly encouraged it. Asterisks should be placed on all records that were broken to mark the steroid era.
Coach Joe Ward from Jackson,
Date: Fri, May 1, 2009 8:16 pm
|Definitely these players
are injecting. I remember watching my hero Al Kaline who never touched
anything stronger than coffee slash balls down the
third base line. He finished with 399 homeruns and would have hit 500 or more if he was boostin'!
Let's drive all the drug addicts out of baseball!