Numbers on Steroids: Yogi Berra

Thursday, February 26, 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 take a look at the master of the English language, Yogi Berra.

Averages Say: What No Spikes?

At Bats Per Home Run Says: 1954 just a bad year for Yogi?

Explaining It In 90s Steroid Era Terms

Nothing easily screams at you when looking at Yogi's numbers. His averages throughout his career are remarkably consistent. If you took at those numbers you'd almost think he had the same exact season for his entire career. The AB/HR totals you could potentially point to the 1961 totals and throw a quick question at how it dropped so heavily but then if you look at his fielding stats you'll notice that 61 was the first year where he was mostly an outfielder and not a catcher a figure that at age 36 he had to get a boost from avoiding the daily beatings behind the plate.

The Verdict

In no era could you look at these numbers and come to any conclusion of performance enhancers. There are no spikes anywhere in averages, and the AB/HR numbers can in part be contributed to luck and a change in position. In conclusion if Yogi was playing today and he had those numbers, nobody would question him for a second.

Maybe He Takes Performance Enhancers for His Afflack Commercials

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