2009 Season End of the Steroid Era

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2009 Season……End of the Steroid Era ?

End of the steroid era? Home Run Explosion Over? 2009 Home Run numbers may change your opinion.

Home Run trends of various years and eras
Babe Ruth is the most notable player in baseball history who single handedly changed the way we view baseball statistics , especially the Home Run .The Home Run is the most talked about statistic in baseball and perhaps the single most discussed and familiar stat in all of sports. The chart below lists the total home runs hit per season, as well as the average home runs hit per team in selected years and eras.

1938 1,475 Total Home Runs – 92.19 Home Runs per team
1961 2,730 Total Home Runs – 151.67 Home Runs per team
1976 2,235 Total Home Runs – 93.13 Home Runs per team
1990 3,317 Total Home Runs – 127.58 Home Runs per team
1998 5,064 Total Home Runs – 168.80 Home Runs per team
2009 5,042 Total Home Runs – 168.07 Home Runs per team

Sports radio talk show hosts, sports writers, as well as most baseball fans feel that the steroid era has apparently come to an end as reflected by the decreased home run totals we have seen in the past two seasons .Baseball has not seen a player top the 50 Homerun mark and the American League has not had a player top the 40 home run mark in the past two seasons.

How do we explain that the home run explosion of the 1998 season, which included Sosa / McGwire, produced a total of 5,064 home runs hit, and the 2009 season produced 5,042 round trippers, ironically nearly the exact same numbers? Is the steroid era still alive and well? Is it a game change as we saw in 1976?, Perhaps is it simply a good crop of power hitters as we saw in 1961, or is it the combination of bigger, stronger players and smaller ballparks?

Posted by Joe Angelini at 12/4/2009 3:21 PM


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