Originally Posted by edabbs44
You can't believe this.
From 1995-2002, 18 players hit 50 or more HRs. 2003-present? 6. Did the bodybuilding and fitness revolution take a hiatus around the same time as steroid testing began?
You seem unaware of the other things that were going on in baseball at that time. You are ignoring the facts of expansion teams, Coor's Field pre-humidor, bouncier baseballs, smaller strikezones and denser bats during those 1995-2002 years. Steroids were a very small piece of the puzzle.
The average player is bigger now than at the height of the steroid era, yet scoring and homers are down, so it is quite clear that bigger stronger players are/were not the reason for power spikes. Scoring and home runs were on the decline long BEFORE
steroid testing began in 2005. Steroids were most rampant from 2001-2004, yet scoring peaked in 2000 and was rapidly declining when steroids were being used more than ever. It is very tough to square those facts up with a belief that steroids were responsible for increased power. The facts show no correlation between rates of steroid use and increased home runs or scoring. The strongest steroids were in use in the 80's and early 90's long before scoring and home runs climbed to record levels. As has been said, there are better reasons for the power binge than steroids. Once you look a little deeper it becomes obvious.