Originally Posted by Redsrule5
Sad,but I don't think that PEDs are only to blame.Roger Maris hit 61 homers in 1961,a record that stood for 37 years.Along comes 1998 when 3 guys all of a sudden are challenging this record.No one has come close since.I'm not much of a "conspiracy theorist", but I just have to think that MLB was involved in this.If it were only PEDs,this record would be challenged every other year.Just my opinion....
I think adding the expansion teams had much more to do with these power bursts than anything.
McGwire hit 12 HRs in 1998 against the D'Backs, Marlins, and Rockies, not too mention the unknown variable of taking talent away from the other teams.
Another point I'd like to make is the MLB stars get better as they age through their 30's until they begin to lose bat speed. Hank Aaron, for instance, had his best three AB/HR ratios in his late 30's, much like Bonds and McGwire.
The difference being, he only was getting 500 PA's a year, rather than 700.
Mays had a similar effect.