Numbers On Steroids: Ivan Rodriguez

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Numbers on Steroids is a look at baseball players during the 90s to see if anything screams out at you.

Pudge is still out there on the free agent market. Let's take a look and see if it's obvious that whoever signs him is getting a steroid user.

Averages Say: The massive slugging percentage spike is questionable.

At Bats Per Home Run Says: One Giant Slope Down followed by One Giant Slope Up

Explaining It Away

Explaining Pudge's numbers away is pretty simple. He progressively got better and had more power in each season up until his peak year in 2000 when he was 28. After that the wear and tear started to break him down and his power numbers have been in steady decline ever since.

The Verdict

If you're looking at other things like the fact that he played for the Texas Roiders than you can certainly bring up questions about his potential usage. If you just look at the numbers the only thing that really sticks out is the one out of whack slugging percentage in 2000, and part of the reason is a smaller sample size thanks to a season ending thumb injury in mid July. The numbers just don't scream at you.

But He Played In Texas So...

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