Originally Posted by kaldaniels
Many of the things you mentioned are still in effect today. What in your opinion, led to the barrage of HR's (the 60+ seasons to be specific) and then the decline of said huge seasons. Did the pitching just catch up to the hitters? PEDs? Other?
Incidentally the biggest steroid abuser of the era, Barry Bonds, only hit 50+ home runs in a season once in his career.
The reason the 60+ HR seasons declined is because opposing teams basically quit pitching to Bonds and McGwire and Sosa. Once pitchers started intentionally walking Bonds at a record pace and pitching around him almost every at-bat it made it very hard for him to hit home runs. He had a .609 OBP with 232 Walks in 2004!
Teams today rarely give a superstar a pitch to drive.
The average player today is bigger than the average player back at the height of the home run bashing steroids era.