09 May 2009

Another Rant on Sports

I have a love-hate relationship with baseball. I love the game, dislike the guaranteed contracts, but really despise how steroids have corrupted the game. Some people think it is no big deal for a player to be juicing. I mean it's not like a defensive lineman bulking up from 275lb to 325, right? I heard somewhere that the extra power for a hitter can add another 5 to 10% on the distance a ball is hit. To straight-away center field (~400'), that 20-40' is the difference between a warning track out and a ball going over the fence.

So here is a list of MLB MVPs since the beginning of the steroid era (which some say began around the strike year of 1994). Those shown in bold/red are suspected or confirmed juicers. Think it doesn't have an effect?

American League:
2008, Dustin Pedroia, Boston, 2B
2007, Alex Rodriguez, New York, 3B
2006, Justin Morneau, Minnesota, 1B
2005, Alex Rodriguez, New York, 3B
2004, Vladimir Guerrero, Anaheim, RF
2003, Alex Rodriguez, Texas, SS
2002, Miguel Tejada, Oakland, SS
2001, Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle, RF
2000, Jason Giambi, Oakland, 1B
1999, Ivan Rodriguez, Texas, C
1998, Juan Gonzalez, Texas, OF
1997, Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle, OF
1996, Juan Gonzalez, Texas, OF
1995, Mo Vaughn, Boston, 1B
1994, Frank Thomas, Chicago, 1B

National League
2008, Albert Pujols, St. Louis, 1B
2007, Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia, SS
2006, Ryan Howard, Philadelphia, 1B
2005, Albert Pujols, St. Louis, 1B
2004, Barry Bonds, San Francisco, LF
2003, Barry Bonds, San Francisco, LF
2002, Barry Bonds, San Francisco, LF
2001, Barry Bonds, San Francisco, LF
2000, Jeff Kent, San Francisco, 2B
1999, Chipper Jones, Atlanta, 3B
1998, Sammy Sosa, Chicago, OF
1997, Larry Walker, Colorado, OF
1996, Ken Caminiti, San Diego, 3B
1995, Barry Larkin, Cincinnati, SS
1994, Jeff Bagwell, Houston, 1B

And here are the 500+ career home run hitters:

Name /Home Runs
Barry Bonds 762
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Ken Griffey, Jr. 611
Sammy Sosa 609
Frank Robinson 586
Mark McGwire 583
Harmon Killebrew 573
Rafael Palmeiro 569
Reggie Jackson 563
Alex Rodriguez 553
Mike Schmidt 548
Jim Thome 541
Mickey Mantle 536
Jimmie Foxx 534
Manny Ramirez 527
Willie McCovey 521
Frank Thomas 521
Ted Williams 521
Ernie Banks 512
Eddie Mathews 512
Mel Ott 511
Eddie Murray 504
Gary Sheffield 500

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