Baseballs Greatest Hitters of All Time

ERA 8 The Steroid Era and its Decline– Part II
2002-2013

Average home runs hit per team per year in this era :168.93
Baseball after the steroid decline: What do the stats say?

In the beginning of this era we see the inflated Home Run statistics continue to put a blemish on the game of baseball. Big contracts and the glamour of the home run created mostly by the home run chases of McGwire and Bonds lead to additional steroid use in Major League baseball.  It wasn’t until 2003 when the BALCO drug lab was raided that America began to seriously look at the steroid epidemic in Major League baseball.  Players such as Barry Bonds and David Ortiz, as well as admitted steroid user Jason Giambi were linked to this laboratory as customers. 

How is baseball after the steroid decline different?

In 2004 baseball finally begins to implement steroid testing, and in 2005 the book “Juiced” written by Jose Canseco opened the eyes of the mainstream public as to how prevalent steroids were in Major League Baseball.  The media, fans, and “clean players” became disgusted with the situation which led to a full steroid probe commissioned by Bud Selig in 2007.   With the admission of steroid use by players such as Alex Rodriquez, as well as the increased penalties for steroid use implemented by Major league Baseball we are finally starting to see the demise of the steroid era.  In 2008 Miguel Cabrera led the leagues with 37 homeruns, and in 2009, Mark Texiera and Carlos Pena led the leagues with 39 home runs apiece.  These were the lowest single player home run totals since 1989.

Sadly, baseball after steroids leaves a shadow

Much like Era 7, it is a shame that great hitters will never be properly recognized for their hitting production.  Players such as Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Pujols, and Chipper Jones will always have their numbers put into question due to the widespread use of steroids in baseball during their respective careers.

Listed below are the greatest hitters from the Steroid Era Part 2

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 2.
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Top 3 - Catchers Player Name Rating Years Played
1 JORGE POSADA 3.379 1995 to 2011
2 VICTOR MARTINEZ 3.379 2002 -Active
3 JOE MAUER 3.257 2004  -Active
       
Top 3 - 1st Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 ALBERT PUJOLS 4.414 2001-Active
2 MIGUEL CABRERA 4.195 2003-Active
3 JIM THOME 4.000 1991 to 2012
       
Top 3 - 2nd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 ROBINSON CANO 3.486 2005 -Active
2 CHASE UTLEY 3.408 2003 -Active
3 IAN KINSLER 3.303 2006 -Active
       
Top 3 - 3rd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 CHIPPER JONES 4.011 1993 to 2012
2 ADRIAN BELTRE 3.685 1998 -Active
3 SCOTT ROLEN 3.615 1996 to 2012
       
Top 3 - Shortstops Player Name Rating Years Played
1 ALEX RODRIGUEZ 4.467 1994 -2016
2 DEREK JETER 3.950 1995 -2014
3 MIGUEL TEJADA 3.498 1997 - 2013
       
Top 10 - Outfielders Player Name Rating Years Played
1 VLADIMIR GUERRERO 3.962 1996 to 2011
2 CARLOS BELTRAN
3.785 1998 -Active
3 LANCE BERKMAN
3.765 1999 to 2013
4 BOBBY ABREU
3.743 1996 to 2014
5 BRIAN GILES 3.647 1995 to 2009
6 MATT HOLIDAY 3.628 2004 -Active
7 CARLOS LEE 3.603 1999 to 2012
8 JOHNNY DAMON 3.571 1995 to 2012
9 RYAN BRAUN
3.545 2007 -Active
10 TORRI HUNTER
3.531 1997 to 2015
       
Top 25 Players of ERA 8 Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Alex Rodriguez 4.467 1994 to 2016
2 Albert Pujols 4.414 2001 -Active
3 Miguel Cabrera 4.195 2003 -Active
4 Chipper Jones 4.011 1993 to 2012
5 Jim Thome 4.000 1991 to 2012
6 David Ortiz
3.989 1997 to 2016
7 Vladimir Guerrero
3.962 1995 to 2011
8 Derek Jeter
3.950 1995 to 2014
9 Todd Helton
3.947 1997 to 2013
10 Carlos DelGado 3.834 1993 to 2009
11 Jason Giambi 3.792 1995 to 2014
12 Carlos Beltran
3.785 1999 to Active
13 Lance Berkman
3.765 1999 to 2013
14 Bobby Abreu
3.743
1996 to 2012
15 Adrian Beltre
3.685 1998 -Active
16 Brian Giles
3.647
1995 to 2009
17 Matt Holliday 3.628 2004 -Active
18 Mark Teixeira
3.624 2003 to 2016
19 Scott Rolen 3.615 1996 to 2012
20 Carlos Lee 3.603 1999 to 2012
21 Paul Konerko 3.574 1997 to 2014
22 Aramis Ramirez 3.569 1998 to 2015
23 Ryan Braun
3.545 2002 to Active
24 Torri Hunter
3.531 1997 to 2015
25 Miguel Tejada
3.498 1997 to 2012
Compare The Steroid Era Part 2 To Other Eras:
 
DEAD BALL ERA  THE RUTH ERA   BASEBALL DURING WWII    BASEEBALL 1950'S-MID 19
1960'S
   THE PITCHING ERA  THE LAST CLEAN ERA   THE STEROID PART I    BASEBALL AFTER STEROIDS