Numbers On Steroids: John Rocker

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

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

John Rocker is a famous hot head who was bulked up in his playing days. The combination of the two makes you think that he certainly would be a candidate for steroid use. Let's take a look at the stats to see if anything jumps out.

Averages Say: The Great KABOOM!!!

Strikeouts Say: Disappearing Act

Explaining It Away
The stats don't scream steroid use. Why? Well, its not like in John Rocker's massive decline there would have been any reason for him to actually stop using steroids. His entire playing career was over before major drug testing so if anything if he was on steroids he wouldn't have stopped especially with the declining stats.

The Verdict
The Major League Numbers might not say anything condemning but the minor league numbers throw up massive question marks about a particular offseason. In 1997 Rocker never played above AA and his combined ERA between A+ and AA was in the mid to high fours. Then all of a sudden in 1998 he became a dominant reliever, posting a 1.42 ERA in AAA before being called up to the bigs and posting a 2.13 ERA over 47 appearances. I wonder why...

Must have been the Protein Shakes...

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