Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Steroid Era Did These Players No Favors

With another year of Hall of Fame voting behind us and another year to discuss who should be in, who shouldn’t be in, who took what, who should be able to vote, who the judge, jury and executioner should be and who is really being helped and who is being hurt by the whole steroid era ahead of us I wanted to focus on a little something different today. All the talk surround the steroid era and the Hall of Fame is focused on players who got an unfair advantage and “cheated” the sport that cheated them in 1994 with the strike and work stoppage but what about the players that are being cheated by the steroid era? Players like Mike Piazza until recently and a few other standouts from this year’s class that didn’t get in. names like Jeff Kent, Gary Sheffield, Jim Edmonds, Sammy Sosa, Carlos Delgado, Fred McGriff and Larry Walker. What about them? 

Carlos Delgado finished his MLB career with 473 home runs and a .929 OPS but spent just one year on the ballot, not because he was elected in his first year of eligibility but because he didn’t garner 5% of the vote in his first year and will forever be left off the ballot. Fred McGriff on the other hand thankfully garnered his 5% in his first year of eligibility but it still on the outside looking in despite 493 home runs and a career .886 OPS.  

Then you have more current names like Jeff Kent, Jim Edmonds, Gary Sheffield and Larry Walker who all received around 10% of the vote despite stunning numbers in their careers. In Sheffield’s case specifically he was listed on the Mitchell Report explaining the lack of interest in electing him into baseball’s hall of immortality but the rest of the group is still puzzling. Jeff Kent is possibly the best hitting second baseman of all-time but he played in an era where players took steroids and played beside the most notorious suspected steroid user of all in San Francisco, Barry Lamar Bonds.  

Sammy Sosa has 609 career home runs and Rafael Palmeiro had over 500 home runs and 3000 hits, neither are in the hall or on the ballot. Palmeiro failed a drug test and waived his finger in front of Congress, Sosa did not. Sosa did suddenly forget how to speak English but that’s a thing, right? It’s not even important if you used or not anymore, what’s important now to many of these voters (it seems anyway) is when you played. Steroids may or may not have helped these players during their playing career but they damn sure aren’t helping them now, that much is for sure. 

I’ll probably never get a Hall of Fame vote and it’s probably for the best, I am too vocal and too friendly towards the steroid era. I want these players in because I am 100% sure there are players that used steroids before testing was implemented in the mid-2000’s that are still in the Hall. What’s good for one is good for them all and it’s a shame that Delgado, Kent, Sheffield, Palmeiro, Edmonds, Walker and McGriff may never get into the Hall because of the era they played in, not the stats and such that they compiled while playing. 


  1. Sosa and Bonds both started hitting HRs at almost a double amount per year. From 1993 to 2004..the start of band PEDs. Their HRs took a dive and they retired from baseball after 2004.
    Bonds could have hit about 2/3s of what he did without PEDs...just a guess. Sammy...not so much!

    1. This has been said a million times so why not a million and one, right?

      If it helped Sosa and bonds as much as everyone wants us to believe then why didn't it help everyone else that used it?

      I'm sure they both had the talent to reach the majors and both put in the work in the gym and cage... If these steroids were such a miracle drug then why doesn't everyone have 700 home runs?

    2. Very simple and has been explained better by others than I can but, here goes...
      If one looks at those that became bigger HR hitters than they were before 1993 you will see they already had good HR production or were good hitters. The PEDs gave them more power to hit balls that would have been fly ball outs over the fence for HRs.
      In Sosa's case, it was different, he Averaged about 6 HRs per year until 1993 after which he Averaged over 40 HRs a season until 2004 when players were tested for PEDs...he retired in 2007!

      Bottom line is, IF one had the hitting talents to start with, PEDs would give one power as a hitter or a pitcher. One still needs the talent to hit the ball and a pitcher to have the stuff to be a good pitcher in the first place. So, someone hitting .245 and a little power can move up to .250+/-(maybe) and 20 HRs.

  2. I have a lot to say on this and especially about andro but I am going to save it for a blog post. Times are slow lol.


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