Originally Posted by RKMeibalane
Where's your evidence?
Only one of the three named who sticks out to me is Bagwell.
Bagwell's HR totals from age 23-29(his "peak" years)
Bagwell's HR totals from age 30 on:
To me, that's really
high for someone in his 30s, who didn't have much power in his 20s. Tradionally, most power hitters have their peak from ages 26-30/31. Bagwell was just the opposite, having his peak years occur basically from age 29-35. That's not natural. Now, the first defense is "well, he had a short porch at Minute Maid Park at the end of his career, that had to help him." Well, if it did, it helped him for away games too, because his splits were almost identical home v away(with the exception of the 2004 season). To me, that's enough proof.
Piazza might have used(i doubt it), but his numbers were highest in his 20s(and consistently high), and started a gradual decline around age 31-32.
I doubt Biggio used, but it is odd that his career high for HRs happened when he was 39, and the only back to back to back 20+ Hr seasons occurred in his age 38/39/40 years. That being said, the guy NEVER hit for more than 26 Hrs, and his OPS had a pretty normal arch as far as his career went. Main point: If Biggio used, he should have gotten his money back.
Originally Posted by Daver
What is your definition of cheating?
The Niekro brothers wait patiently for an answer.
Those guys cheated so much they made NASCAR drivers blush.