Originally Posted by The Operator
I dunno, the last guy to have that kind of power, that kind of plate coverage... the ability to hit pretty much any pitch out of the park was Barry Bonds.
I'm not saying he's a user. But I just can't fathom a guy coming into the league and never hitting less than 30 homers, never having less than 100 RBIs, OPSing .900 nearly every year and over 1.000 most years, OBPs always at or above .400 - and that not being somehow due to chemical enhancement.
Maybe it's just the fact that I hate the guy because he consistently kills the Reds, I don't know. But he does have some tell tale signs. Acne, receding hair at a young age, and he's gotten A LOT bigger since he first came into the league.
Then again, maybe he's clean. If he is, he's the best hitter the game has seen in 50 years and probably for the next 50 years. If not, well, we've seen that before.
Here's a question - say Albert did test positive for a PED. Would MLB risk the huge PR hit they would take by outing Albert? Part of me thinks they wouldn't. Then again, I'm probably wrong. Wouldn't be the first time and it won't be the last time. :-p
PEDs or no PEDs you have to be able to flat out hit to spend 1 year in the minors and come to the bigs and hit over .300. Only odd thing is that in his only minor league season he hit 19 home runs. Then comes to the bigs the next season and hits 37. Maybe he is half man half machine.
As far as his number, Frank Thomas put up Pujols like numbers from his 2nd year in the bigs for a good 7 yeah stretch. Both guys had the same body types, just big, thick, strong men. I am pretty sure Thomas played some football at Auburn or was at least recruited to along with baseball. Pujols sure as hell has a football body, but just seemed to have a bit more natural athletic ability. I don't think anyone has ever considered Thomas to be included in the PED mess. I think Thomas is about the best "clean" player to compare Pujols to.