MacLaren wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:08 am
In my opinion, based solely on my observations, the "steroid era" fellas saved baseball. After the strike in 81' and 1994 baseball reached rock bottom, at least from the fans point of view, then "something" happened. Suddenly you have multiple players reaching 40 homers, Dale Murphy led the league two years in a row with 36,37 hrs in 84'-85' and only a handful of players were close to that.
Jump to the 90's and homers go through the roof! 50,60,70 homers and the commentary was that "players now use weights an and conditioning is better" and boom MLB is relevant again and chicks dig the longball! Then when flags were being raised the "blame" went to steroids and a few bad apples; McGuire, Canseco, Bonds, etc. Did the bad apples infect the 30 something players who now were 30+ homer sluggers, maybe the others got "contact highs" from the bad apples.
So now the bad apples are fall guys and they "took one for the league". Sure no hall of fame for these guys but MLB's profits have stabilized and now that the bad apples are out and the homeruns have receded back to a normal curve....but MLB remembers that "peak" and all the attention and money flowing in from the longball so the numbers start to increase again, but now the catchphrase is "launch angle" and "exit velo"
Verlander is in my opinion correct and just like the scandal in Japan the balls are whats really juiced. I love baseball but the mantra "too big to fail" is bologna. Who will be the fall guys this time? Ball manufacturers? Bats? 5 minute energy drinks?
I love the game and I'm a little bit of a conspiracy nut
and I'll still watch...