Numbers On Steroids: Babe Ruth

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Numbers on Steroids is a look at baseball players during the 90s to see if anything screams out at you. This week it's throwing a curve ball and looking at All Time Great Yankees. Players that we know did not take steroids to see if this gives a defense to any of the players 'convicted' by Numbers on Steroids.

It's time to link at the Great Bambino. What would people say about his numbers if they were occurring in todays era?

Averages Say: The 1920 and 1921 seasons really seem to stick out.

At Bats Per Home Run Says: All of a Sudden He Becomes a Masher?

Explaining It In 90s Steroid Terms

Ruth certainly didn't get off to a bang at the start of his career, probably because he was pitching. If Ruth was put in today's terms and someone was trying to pinpoint when he did steroids the answer would be 1920 and 1921. After those years he was pretty consistent until he turned 36 and started the I'm fat, not and good shape, and getting really old stages of his career. In 20 and 21 however Ruth was a god. In both seasons he hit in the .370s, got on base at .500+ clip and slugged outrageously in the .840s.

The Verdict

I don't think Ruth took roids back in the 20s, and I don't think booze and cigarettes are performance enhancers, so he's probably all set. What he proves is that you can be an all time great for most of your career but morph into a god in your prime years. He was the example that drew suspicion away from ARod. What it also shows is that you're probably unlikely to have those god-like years in your late 30s cough Bonds cough.

If Beer Is a Performance Enhancer than I Should At Least Be in the Minors

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