Comments on: 2010 offense in April & May http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6559 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Casey Abell http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6559/comment-page-1#comment-23417 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 19:56:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6559#comment-23417 PED testing of any kind didn't begin in the majors until 2003. Minor league testing began in 2001, but it's hard to see how that would affect major league offensive totals much.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6559/comment-page-1#comment-23230 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 19:57:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6559#comment-23230 You're reading my mind, Peter. Check back on this blog tomorrow morning for a Card of the Week post about Griffey.

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By: Peter http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6559/comment-page-1#comment-23228 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 19:53:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6559#comment-23228 Ken Griffey Jr.'s career, interestingly, follows the trend pretty closely: rise in 1993 (his HRs go from 27 in '92 to 45 in '93), peak in 2000 (his last very good year, hitting 40 HRs for the Reds), bottom out in 2010 (retirement). Obviously the fact that he was 23 in 1993 and is 40 today has more to do with this than steroids, and I have no reason to suspect Griffey ever did roids. Just an interesting coincidence.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6559/comment-page-1#comment-23191 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 14:53:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6559#comment-23191 Yeah, I had a long discussion with a friend about this yesterday. If you split up the last 20 years for 'pre-2000' and 'post-2000' I think it's clearly true that the new parks post-2000 are on average more pitcher friendly than the new parks pre-2000. That could be a significant factor for sure.

The size of the park and distance that fly balls go really matters. Aside from more HR, when balls travel far, the outfielders have to play much deeper and this leads to more singles and doubles that otherwise would be caught or held as singles. This was true in pre-humidor Coors where not only homers were up but all kinds of hits.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6559/comment-page-1#comment-23189 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 14:49:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6559#comment-23189 Of the new parks in the past 10 years or so, I think a slight majority are actually more pitcher-friendly than their predecessors. Add in the humidor-effect at Coors Field, and that alone could cause a slight decrease in scoring.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6559/comment-page-1#comment-23187 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 14:42:38 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6559#comment-23187 I don't think there was necessarily a connection between drug testing and reduced offense. 2000 was the highest scoring season in the majors in 74 years. It was to be expected that scoring would drop the next season. And it dropped all the way to the same level as 1997-1998, when I recall homers flying out of the park and steroids flowing through the basepaths. Since then scoring has remained at pretty much the same level it was from '93-'99 (3% less) (not including this year).

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By: Frank Clingenpeel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6559/comment-page-1#comment-23179 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 13:43:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6559#comment-23179 The HGH era definitely influenced these numbers, but to disregard accomplishments based on this would be wrong. If you did that, for example, then where does it stop? Should we also disregard any stats acquired when players were influenced by alcohol {Mantle, for example, would definitely be screwed on this one; not to mention Babe Ruth}? Do we go back to before Wheaties were invented?

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