Home run records

David Vincent, who does tons of statistical research for the Dodgers simply because he loves the game of baseball, wrote an op-ed piece in today’s USA Today about why home runs have increased in baseball over the years.

It’s an interesting take…

2 Comments

Nice article. By the way, how did Bill Mueller’s knee operation go ?? It’s good see Oscar Robles back, he’s a real gamer !! I might suggest you get Cesar to spend some time at 3rd base while he’s in Las Vegas, couldn’t hurt !!

I think that it is a very short sited article. It is trying to say Steriods has had a very small effect on Baseball which is just not true.
The arguement where it states that steriods have never been proven to improve to player chance to hit a home run physically is a good one. In a game measured by inches it once again comes down to the 5 inches between the ears.

If you watch Barry Bonds between 93-99 (when he first came to the Giants) you will see a player with a completly different plate approach. Then look at some of his ABs from 01-03 and you can see him with a batting practice approach to hitting. He was no longer looking for the best to hit, he was looking for the best pitch to hit out.

Baseball is a sport where an all-star player who hit .350 the season before will look to change their swing because the 65% of the time they did not get a hit. A player outlook is that 25 more hits a season can mean millions. And being the sport least likely for it’s athletes to have completed college what else do they have?

I believe that if you gave a player a placebo and called it steriods it would come out nearly simular. They would hit the weights, get stronger and perform to simular levels. Remember this is a game of inches.

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