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Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Examining Barry Bonds’ slam-dunk Hall of Fame resume before he was linked to steroids

Simply for the purposes of entertainment, we’re imagining that Bonds was done playing after the 1998 season. Here’s the case we have:

In 13 seasons, he hit .290/.411/.556. That’s good for a 164 OPS+, which would be 14th all-time, ahead of players like Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Stan Musial, Frank Thomas, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Mel Ott, Frank Robinson and we can probably stop now. Sure, most players have a decline phase that takes them backward in these rate stats and at age 33, Bonds hadn’t done so, but it shows where he was.

In those 13 seasons, he led his league in runs once, home runs once, RBI once, walks five times, on-base percentage four times, slugging three times, OPS five times, OPS+ four times, total bases once and position-player WAR seven times. Oh, and he was feared. He led in intentional walks seven years.

He won three MVPs (1990, 1992, 1993) and finished second once. He had seven top-five finishes in MVP voting. The three MVPs would be tied for the most ever with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt, Mickey Mantle, Roy Campanella, Yogi Berra, Musial and Foxx.

He also had, again, in 13 seasons, eight Gold Gloves and seven Silver Sluggers. The eight Gold Gloves are a record for left fielders and he won them within these 13 seasons.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2022 at 01:10 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, peds

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Nightengale’s Notebook: Why my Hall of Fame ballot includes some PED guys – but not Alex Rodriguez

I won’t reveal my entire ballot until close to the Jan. 25 election, but here’s how I’ll be voting on the performance-enhancing drug class.

YES: Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Sheffield and Ortiz.

NO: Rodriguez, Ramirez and Pettitte.

Rodriguez, one of the greatest players in history, also received the largest drug suspension in baseball, missing the entire 2014 season. Ramirez, one of the finest right-handed hitters of his era, was suspended three times. Pettitte is a different case. He admitted to using human-growth hormone, but was never punished. He falls short simply for his Hall of Fame credentials regardless of being outed in George Mitchell’s investigation on PED use.

Simply, there were rules in place that Rodriguez and Ramirez intentionally violated. They were caught, and, in turn, their teams suffered the consequences. The Yankees, for the first time in 20 years, missed the playoffs in back-to-back years without Rodriguez. Ramirez, who had signed a two-year, $45 million contract with the Dodgers, was never the same after being popped in 2009.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2021 at 09:16 AM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, peds

Friday, December 10, 2021

Not as great: Assessing Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens without the PED factor

According to OPS+, which measures a player’s ability to get on base and hit for power and normalizes for the effect of various parks, Bonds was unquestionably one of the game’s great players during the first half of his career, when he had seven consecutive seasons of 170 or higher.

But after he started PEDs, he became otherworldly, particularly once he connected with BALCO. In those four seasons, his OPS+ was 259, 268, 231 and 263—giving him three of the five highest seasons ever, surpassed only by Negro Leagues legend Josh Gibson. Bonds is No. 4 on the all-time career list, with a 182 average OPS+.

But according to ZiPS, those cartoonish four seasons would have been replaced with 156, 144, 115 and 95; and his career OPS+ would have settled at 153, placing him tied for 30th.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2021 at 04:44 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, peds, roger clemens

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

MLB, union stopped blood testing for HGH due to pandemic

Major League Baseball and the players’ association stopped blood testing for Human Growth Hormone because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Blood testing for HGH began in 2012, and 412 samples with no positive results were collected in the year ending with the 2020 World Series. MLB and the union never publicly announced the stoppage in blood testing but its absence was revealed Monday when Thomas M. Martin, the independent administrator of the joint drug program, released his annual report.

The decision to interrupt blood testing during the pandemic was made because drawing blood is more invasive than urine testing and requires additional collectors who would have increased the number of people coming into contact with players and decreased social distancing. MLB and the union plan to resume blood testing next season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2021 at 12:35 PM | 483 comment(s)
  Beats: hgh, peds

Monday, November 22, 2021

Vaccaro: Why I won’t vote for PED-cheat Alex Rodriguez on Hall of Fame ballot

But there is no vacuum. There is no bubble. These games happen in real time, and in real life, and are not immune to the vagaries of the real world. We know, as a matter of record, that Alex Rodriguez confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs early in his career. And we know — again, on the record — that Rodriguez either continued to use or re-engaged in their use after MLB instituted steroid legislation in 2003.

It is why the box next to Rodriguez’s name on my Hall of Fame ballot will remain unchecked when I send it in next month.

There is something heartbreaking about that, because watching Rodriguez in his prime was about as good as baseball is capable of being. He did everything, and did everything well. He could carry a ballclub by himself for a month. It was impossible to take your eyes off him. There are a handful of players in each generation you can say that about.

A talent like that belongs in Cooperstown.

And if he’d merely left the drugs alone after coming clean in 2009 — two years after he lied in Katie Couric’s face, and in America’s, swearing he’d never touched them — this could be an entirely different conversation. There still might be Draconian voters for whom that would be an unforgivable sin. But he might have a shot at changing their minds.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 22, 2021 at 10:48 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, hall of fame, peds

Friday, August 06, 2021

Oakland A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano suspended 80 games for PED violation

Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Friday after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

MLB said Laureano, a 27-year-old who is in his fourth season with the A’s, tested positive for nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug. The suspension is effective immediately.

Laureano denied that he knowingly took the banned substance in a statement released by the players’ association and said he “was shocked” when he learned about the positive test.

“I have worked too hard and given too much to this sport to disrespect or cheat the game that I love,” he said in the statement. “I would never do anything to dishonor my family, teammates, and coaches or do anything to let down the many young ball players that look up to me.

“I take great care of my body and have an extremely regimented diet. Based on the minuscule amount that was briefly in my body, I’ve learned that it is likely that it was contamination of something I ingested.

“I have been educated about PEDs through the RBI program and Baseball Factory while growing up. I know I don’t need any of that to perform on the baseball field. All my athletic success has come from my hard work, focus and dedication to the game.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2021 at 08:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, ramon laureano

Friday, July 30, 2021

Mariners’ Hector Santiago, who protested sticky stuff suspension, hit with 80-game ban for PEDs

As it turns out, receiving MLB’s first 10-game suspension for using illegal substances on the mound wasn’t Hector Santiago’s biggest problem.

The Seattle Mariners reliever was hit with an 80-game suspension after testing positive for exogenous testosterone, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.


Santiago later announced he would not appeal his suspension, claiming that he underwent a hormonal replacement replacement therapy in 2020 while unaffiliated with a club. While he signed a minor league deal that year with the Detroit Tigers, the Tigers released him ahead of the season in July.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2021 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hector santiago, peds

 

 

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