Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Numbers on Steroids is a look at baseball players during the 90s to see if anything screams out at you.
"Baseball's been berry berry good to me" Sammy Sosa. But were steroids what were really berry berry good to Sammy? Let's take a look at this numbers to see how much the rates mightily changed in his career.
Stats Per At Bat Says: Again the climb is on, and then the mysterious dip.
At Bats Per Home Run Says: Apparently Sammy just magically found a home run swing in 93 and lost in 2005.
Explaining It Away
In his first few years Sammy Sosa was incredibly young. He broke into the league at age 20 and didn't do much in 89 for either the Rangers or the White Sox. In 90 he had his first full season in which he hit 15 home runs as a 21 year old. The next two seasons didn't see much improvement possibly because he was injured and didn't get a full season under his belt. The 1993 breakout 33 home run year came in his next full season. The more difficult years to explain away start at 1998. In 1997 Sosa was a solid player while hitting 36 home runs and racking up 118 rbi. The next season though, the Home Run total almost doubled finishing at 66. Over the next three years Sosa his 63, 50, and 64 home runs respectively.
Sosa's steady decline could possibly be explained as just losing a step in his old age. In 2005 he was a latine 36 year old (potentially 87 years old in real human years) playing for the Orioles and no longer in the comfy Wrigley field setting. He was terrible. In 2007 he came back with the Rangers and was respectable just not terrific, but again he was 38 that season.
Believing that a player who had already played 9 seasons in the big leagues could double his home run totals from a solid 36 to an unimaginable 66 is too much of a stretch. Throw in the corked bat incident and...
If it Walks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck... Than It's Probably a Duck