Being a former power hitter, Foster weighed in on the performance-enhancing drug issue.
“It’s just like counterfeiting,” Foster said of PED use in baseball. “It’s going to be there forever. … It is all about the integrity of the game. They feel that they have the best drug testing in the sport of baseball, but I think track and field and cycling might have better testing.”
In the last 10 years six players have hit 50 or more home runs in a single season. Only one – Jose Bautista – has hit 50 or more homers in a single season the last five years.
So is the time of the 50-plus home run slugger over?
“I feel like 50 home runs is attainable,” Foster said. “There is that watchdog now in drug testing. Players don’t know when they will be tested. Mike Trout and Prince Fielder are guys that could go out and hit 50 legitimately. Sixty or more I don’t think so. The PEDs really enhanced opportunities to hit home runs and it is unreal how it really gave them that extra boost.”
As a result of the PED-fueled numbers that were put up in the late 1980s and 1990s, Foster feels the hallowed home run records are sullied.
Fargo’s Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs in 1961 and Hank Aaron’s all-time career home run record have all been surpassed by players linked to PED use.
“Roger’s record is legitimate and Hank Aaron’s record legitimate,” Foster said. “Those are the guys who should have the records and there should be asterisk next to the names of the guys that surpassed them.”
Posted: February 05, 2013 at 04:50 AM | 26 comment(s)
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