Baseballs Greatest Hitters of All Time

ERA 7 The Steroid Era – Part I 1990 TO 2001

Average home runs hit per team per year in this era: 154.17

Baseball in the 1990s – the explosion of home runs

It is our belief that the widespread usage of steroids began in the early 1990s and increased significantly after the MLB strike of 1994.  The Home Run explosion came about in 1996. To put this into perspective, the average number of home runs hit per team in 1989 was 118.58, in 1995 the average was 145.75, and in 1996 the average skyrocketed to 177.22.

Baseball 1990s' Infamous Home Run Chase

In 1998 we saw the 2nd famous Home Run chase in Baseball History between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.  Mark McGwire ultimately broke the single season Home Run record held for over 3 decades by Roger Maris by hitting 70 Home runs.  This record was once again broken in 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs.  The 60 homerun mark was a number previously achieved by 2 players in all of MLB history, and to see this mark exceeded by 3 players in a 5 year period is a direct link to steroid use and “suspicion”.

The Steroid Era's forgotten players

It is a shame that the clean players such as Cal Ripken, Wade Boggs, Barry Larkin and Roberto Alomar are not the center of attention for this Era.

Listed below are the greatest hitters from the Steroid Era Part 1

This list includes the top 3 hitting catchers, the top 3 hitting first baseman, the top 3 hitting second baseman, the top 3 hitting third baseman, the top 3 hitting short stops and the top 10 hitting outfielders.  Also listed below are the 25 greatest hitters of Steroid Era Part 1.
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Top 3 - Catchers Player Name Rating Years Played
1 MIKE PIAZZA * 3.960 1992 to 2007
2 IVAN RODRIGUEZ * 3.529 1991 to 2011
3 B.J. SURHOFF 3.357 1987 to 2005
       
Top 3 - 1st Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 FRANK THOMAS * 4.240 1990 to 2008
2 MARK McGWIRE 4.054 1986 to 2001
3 JEFF BAGWELL * 4.038 1991 to 2005
       
Top 3 - 2nd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 JEFF KENT 3.736 1992 to 2008
2 CRAIG BIGGIO * 3.631 1988 to 2007
3 ROBERTO ALOMAR * 3.627 1988 to 2004
       
Top 3 - 3rd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 WADE BOGGS * 3.791 1982 to 1999
2 BOBBY BONILLA 3.568 1986 to 2001
3 ROBIN VENTURA 3.439 1989 to 2004
       
Top 3 - Shortstops Player Name Rating Years Played
1 CAL RIPKEN  * 3.881 1981 to 2001
2 BARRY LARKIN * 3.511 1986 to 2004
3 TONY FERNANDEZ 3.267 1983 to 2001
       
Top 10 - Outfielders Player Name Rating Years Played
1 BARRY BONDS 4.855 1986 to 2007
2 KEN GRIFFEY JR. * 4.260 1989 to 2010
3 RICKY HENDERSON* 4.055 1979 to 2003
4 LARRY WALKER 4.027 1989 to 2005
5 TONY GWYNN * 3.975 1982 to 2001
6 ALBERT BELLE 3.905 1989 to 2000
7 SAMMY SOSA 3.856 1989 to 2007
8 JUAN GONZALEZ 3.792 1989 to 2006
9 JOSE CANSECO 3.787 1985 to 2001
10 TIM RAINES * 3.734 1979 to 2002
       
Top 25 Players of ERA 7 Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Barry Bonds 4.855 1986 to 2007
2 Ken Griffey Jr. * 4.260 1989 to 2010
3 Frank Thomas * 4.240 1990 to 2008
4 Ricky Henderson * 4.055 1979 to 2003
5 Mark McGwire 4.054 1986 to 2001
6 Jeff Bagwell 4.038 1991 to 2005
7 Rafael Palmiero 4.031 1986 to 2005
8 Larry Walker 4.027 1989 to 2005
9 Tony Gwynn * 3.975 1982 to 2001
10 Mike Piazza * 3.960 1992 to 2007
11 Albert Belle 3.905 1989 to 2000
12 Cal Ripken * 3.881 1981 to 2001
13 Sammy Sosa 3.856 1981 to 2007
14 Edgar Martinez 3.827 1987 to 2004
15 Juan Gonzalez 3.792 1985 to 2006
16 Wade Boggs * 3.791 1982 to 1999
17 Jose Canseco 3.787 1985 to 2001
18 Harold Baines 3.776 1980 to 2001
19 Fred McGriff 3.768 1986 to 2004
20 Jeff Kent 3.736 1992 to 2008
21 Tim Raines * 3.734 1979 to 2002
22 Luis Gonzalez 3.734 1990 to 2008
23 Moises Alou 3.724 1990 to 2008
24 Will Clark 3.705 1990 to 2000
25 Chili Davis 3.681 1981 to 1999
Compare The Steroid Era to other Eras:
The Dead Ball Era     The Ruth Era  Baseball in the W.W.II yrsBaseball in the 1950's - Mid 60's  
The Pitching Era    The Last Clean Era   The Steroid Era Part 2   Baseball after Steroids