Numbers On Steroids: Mike Piazza

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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

Mr. Bacne himself is up next for the microscope.

Averages Say: And the Averages Fall Off a Cliff

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Explaining It Away

Looking at Mike Piazza's numbers you'll notice a tremendous amount of consistency and then a drop off in his mid 30s. There certainly aren't any Bret Boone like red flags. After the opening year, which can be completely ignored as they were simply September call up numbers, there's nothing really questionable, and he looks clean.

The Verdict

Unless Piazza was roiding from day 1 (a distinct possibility given his rise from Mr. Irrelevent Draft Pick to rookie of the year) it's doubtful he cycled on the juice in his career. His numbers are remarkably consistent and his dropoff in his mid 30s is to be expected due to his physical breakdown from catching daily. Additionally, the fall off started years before testing began. Nothing lines up, so...

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