June 07, 2005

Where'd all the home runs go?: If anyone out there has seen a hundred home runs wandering around looking kind of lost, call the FBI. They're missing.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:45 PM - 16 comments

NIce article---He covered it very nicely. I have always likes Jason Stark.

posted by daddisamm at 03:50 PM on June 07, 2005

Why Jose, WHY????!!!!

posted by volfire at 04:13 PM on June 07, 2005

WHAT A MORON.....HERE'S WHAT THE 'ENLIGHTENED'OMAR HAD TO SAY ABOUT HOME RUN PRODUCTION THIS YEAR.... The biggest reason is steroids, obviously. Second is [less use of] supplements. Third is injuries. And anything else is all a bunch of bull. C'MON, OMAR, NO BIG HEAD BONDS BOMBERS? NO SOSA HOMER HOPS? NO GRAND GIAMBI'S? STRIKE THE RECORD BOOKS! SORRY McGWIRE, YOU THOGHT YOU'D JUST FLOAT ON THAT RECORD? ROGER MARIS IS THE MAN. I REST MY CASE.

posted by Brooks1970 at 05:58 PM on June 07, 2005

*takes out earplugs* I actually buy the steroids argument, but not because it may or may not have made the top dozen or so sluggers bigger. Steroids (and all the other gray-area supplements and drugs) helped them to recover from these nagging injuries faster than they normally would. That's why everyone's hurt. They're recuperating naturally, like you or I would, instead of at that accelerated pace you always used to read about. They're out for longer, and not only are they not 100% when they do return, they aren't so sure that everything they get a bat on is leaving the yard, which changes their habits a little at the plate. Also, of course it affects the top sluggers a little more than whoever's batting seventh. They lean on the stuff a little more. These reasons alone could easily account for the whole homer deficit we see this year.

posted by chicobangs at 06:18 PM on June 07, 2005

Brooks: If you use the CAPS KEY too much, you'll break it.

posted by rcade at 06:30 PM on June 07, 2005

Well, we're about 1/3rd of the way through the season, so if home runs are down by about 300 by season's end, Paris Hilton's snatch won't be the only thing that smells fishy.

posted by charlatan at 07:08 PM on June 07, 2005

I'm sorry I totally agrre with Brooks on this,Roger Maris record should stand with the same * as he had to deal with.

posted by maclmn at 09:31 PM on June 07, 2005

I'm sorry I totally agrre with Brooks on this,Roger Maris record should stand with the same * as he had to deal with. Damn it, I really wish people would stop perpetuating this old myth. There was no asterix beside Roger Maris' home run record.

posted by grum@work at 10:03 PM on June 07, 2005

This article is the best baseball news I've read in some time. The playing field is being leveled. I still hope the perpetrators of the last decade get outed (you hear me, Boonie?) but this is very positive to me. I don't care that home runs are down. At least now home runs are being earned.

posted by vito90 at 01:17 AM on June 08, 2005

Amen,Vito! Has any one of the so called big bombers had any thing to say? Somebody get Sammy Sosa an interpreter! Are you guy's kidding me? VitaminB12? Does anyone really believe, this is not due to the steroid issue?

posted by volfire at 08:59 AM on June 08, 2005

no steroids no homeruns man really easy equation there

posted by navy9112000 at 09:24 AM on June 08, 2005

Amen,vito!

posted by chicobangs at 10:26 AM on June 08, 2005

word

posted by garfield at 01:11 PM on June 08, 2005

VitaminB12? You guys talk about drugs ruining things all you want, but we're never going to see another Kennedy Administration without those B12 shots. Or a worldwide scotch crisis. "Scotch", not Scots. Though that'd be worth watching from the ol' bunker as well.

posted by yerfatma at 02:55 PM on June 08, 2005

A lot of getting excited about nothing, so far: "The home run rate for the first two months this year is almost identical to the rate, at the same stage, in 2002, and 1997, and even 1998." So what conclusions, exactly, should we draw? Widespread steroid use only started in 2003? Or everybody took a year off the dope in 2002? I'm all in favour of the We're Naming Names testing program (as Stark calls it) but there's no way that it's going to lower home run totals by 5% across the board.

posted by Amateur at 11:02 AM on June 09, 2005

Your logic is a breath of fresh air, Amateur. Now stop it. This thread is for rampant accusations and hysterical generalizations.

posted by grum@work at 11:26 AM on June 09, 2005

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