Steroid Era Pt. 1 (Era-7)

ERA 7 The Steroid Era – Part I 1990 TO 2001

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

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Baseball in the 1990s – the explosion of home runs

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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Hall of Fame * Veterans Committee **

Top 3 Catchers Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Mike Piazza* 3.960 1992-2007
2 Ivan Rodriguez* 3.529 1991-2011
3 B.J. Surhoff 3.357 1987-2005
Top 3 1st Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Frank Thomas* 4.240 1990-2008
2 Mark McGwire 4.054 1986-2001
3 Jeff Bagwell* 4.038 1991-2005
Top 3 2nd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Jeff Kent 3.736 1992-2008
2 Craig Biggio* 3.631 1988-2007
3 Roberto Alomar* 3.627 1988-2004
Top 3 3rd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Wade Boggs* 3.791 1982-1999
2 Bobby Bonilla 3.568 1986-2001
3 Robin Ventura 3.439 1989-2004
Top 3 Shortstops Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Cal Ripken* 3.881 1981-2001
2 Barry Larkin* 3.511 1986-2004
3 Tony Fernandez 3.267 1983-2001
Top 10 Outfielders Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Barry Bonds 4.855 1986-2007
2 Ken Griffey Jr.* 4.260 1989-2010
3 Ricky Henderson* 4.055 1979-2003
4 Larry Walker 4.027 1989-2005
5 Tony Gwynn* 3.975 1982-2001
6 Albert Belle 3.905 1989-2000
7 Sammy Sosa 3.856 1989-2007
8 Juan Gonzalez 3.792 1989-2006
9 Jose Canseco 3.787 1985-2001
10 Tim Raines* 3.734 1979-2002
Top 25 Players of ERA 7 Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Barry Bonds 4.855 1986-2007
2 Ken Griffey Jr.* 4.260 1989-2010
3 Frank Thomas* 4.240 1990-2008
4 Ricky Henderson* 4.055 1979-2003
5 Mark McGwire 4.054 1986-2001
6 Jeff Bagwell* 4.038 1991-2005
7 Rafael Palmiero 4.031 1986-2005
8 Larry Walker 4.027 1989-2005
9 Tony Gwynn* 3.975 1982-2001
10 Mike Piazza* 3.960 1992-2007
11 Albert Belle 3.905 1989-2000
12 Cal Ripken* 3.881 1981-2001
13 Sammy Sosa 3.856 1981-2007
14 Edgar Martinez 3.827 1987-2004
15 Juan Gonzalez 3.792 1985-2006
16 Wade Boggs* 3.791 1982-1999
17 Jose Canseco 3.787 1985-2001
18 Harold Baines 3.776 1980-2001
19 Fred McGriff 3.768 1986-2004
20 Jeff Kent 3.736 1992-2008
21 Tim Raines* 3.734 1979-2002
22 Luis Gonzalez 3.734 1990-2008
23 Moises Alou 3.724 1990-2008
24 Will Clark 3.705 1990-2000
25 Chili Davis 3.681 1981-1999

Compare to other eras :

Dead Ball Era | Babe Ruth Era | Baseball During World War II | Baseball 1950s – mid 60s | Pitching Era | Last Clean Era | Steroid Era Pt. 1 | Steroid Era Pt. 2 | Baseball After Steroids

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