Steroid Era Pt. 2 (Era-8)

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

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Baseball after the steroid decline: What do the stats say?

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.

Hall of Fame * Veterans Committee **

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Top 3 Catchers Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Victor Martinez 3.388 2002-Active
2 Jorge Posada 3.379 1995-2011
3 Joe Mauer 3.309 2004-Active
Top 3 1st Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Albert Pujols 4.408 2001-Active
2 Miguel Cabrera 4.172 2003-Active
3 Jim Thome 4.000 1991-2012
Top 3 2nd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Robinson Cano 3.495 2005-Active
2 Chase Utley 3.404 2003-Active
3 Ian Kinsler 3.303 2006-Active
Top 3 3rd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Chipper Jones 4.011 1993-2012
2 Adrian Beltre 3.737 1998-Active
3 Scott Rolen 3.615 1996-2012
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 1996-2011
2 Carlos Beltran 3.802 1998-2017
3 Lance Berkman 3.765 1999-2013
4 Bobby Abreu 3.743 1996-2014
5 Brian Giles 3.647 1995-2009
6 Matt Holiday 3.611 2004-Active
7 Carlos Lee 3.603 1999-2012
8 Johnny Damon 3.603 1999-2012
9 Ryan Braun 3.563 2007-Active
10 Torri Hunter 3.531 1997-2015
Top 25 Players of ERA 8 Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Alex Rodriguez 4.467 1994-2016
2 Albert Pujols 4.408 2001-Active
3 Miguel Cabrera 4.172 1993-Active
4 Chipper Jones 4.011 1993-2012
5 Jim Thome 4.000 1991-2012
6 David Ortiz 3.989 1997-2016
7 Vladimir Guerrero 3.962 1995-2011
8 Derek Jeter 3.950 1995-2014
9 Todd Helton 3.947 1997-2013
10 Carlos DelGado 3.834 1993-2009
11 Carlos Beltran 3.802 1998-2017
12 Jason Giambi 3.792 1995-2014
13 Lance Berkman 3.765 1999-2013
14 Bobby Abreu 3.743 1996-2012
15 Adrian Beltre 3.737 1998-Active
16 Brian Giles 3.647 1995-2009
17 Mark Teixeira 3.624 2003-2016
18 Scott Rolen 3.615 1996-2012
19 Matt Holiday 3.611 2004-Active
20 Carlos Lee 3.603 1999-2012
21 Joey Votto 3.591 2007-Active
22 Paul Konerko 3.574 1997-2014
23 Aramis Ramirez 3.569 1998-2015
24 Ryan Braun 3.563 2007-Active
25 Torri Hunter 3.531 1997-2015

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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