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Steroid Era: Best Of The Rest

By: josh q. public on: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @10:00 am

Steroid Era:  Best Of The Rest

Regrets, I’ve had a few; but then again, too few to mention.  I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption.  -Frank Sinatra

Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go!  I know my boy Jerod over at Midwest Sports Fans caught a lot of flack for a far more thought out piece than this.  I don’t care.  We didn’t paint this landscape.  We were all once believers.  We sat around every Saturday morning waiting for This Week In Baseball.  We studied the back of our sweet smelling baseball cards like we were studying for LSATs.  We had faith.  We didn’t do this.  Like my main man Flavor Flav always says, “It was you that chose your due. You built this maze you can’t get through.  I tried to help you all I can.  Now I can’t do nuttin’ for you man.”  So don’t come finger waggin’to us.    

You know all the numbers so far.  You know the 500 home run club is now overrun with steroid cheats and liars.  You know some of the best pitchers of our generation got by with a little help from their friends.  This is nothing new.  So now, as Sammy Sosa “calmly waits” for his induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame, I will calmly wait as just about anybody who was any good turns out dirty. 

But who wasn’t dirty?  Who does that leave?  How many licks does it take to get the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?  The world may never know.  But we can speculate.  We can contemplate.  We can guesstimate.  Mediate, deliberate, excogitate.   Sounds like fun, don’t it?  Sure it do.  So lets get to it.  With a little help of some of my friends, here it is: 

The All Steroid Era Non User Team  (For the sake of argument, let’s say the Steroid Era began in 1988, when Jose Canseco used steroids to become the game’s first player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases en route to the Most Valuable Player Award.)

The list of 104 is probably going to break in the next few weeks.  Be sure to check back and see how we did!

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    Trevor Says:

    No Frank Thomas? And Bo…are you sure he didn't know steroids? :)

  2. 2
    Zoner Says:

    I did nominate Frank Thomas, one of the best RH of our era.

    Also, looking at that list with all the Cubs on it, maybe that's why we haven't won in 100 years.

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    eyebleaf Says:


    Delgado is "The Lost Slugger of the Steroid Era." He's got to be on this team.…

  4. 4

    Trevor: No Big Hurt was very difficult. If I had honorable mention he would be there. As for Bo, I'm not sure about anyone.

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    Again no big hurt hurts. and the cubbies? theres more. andre dawson

  6. 6

    c'mon you got Big Joe carter, no sox even made this list. i wanted pedro or greenie.

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    eyebleaf Says:

    Forget about Carter, Delgado should be your starting first baseman. It's honestly a no-brainer.

    Carlos Delgado: 473 HR, 1512 RsBI, 1241 Runs, .280 AVG, .929 OPS
    Mark Grace: 173 HR, 1146 RsBI, 1179 Runs, .303 AVG, .825 OPS

    And Delgado's put up those better numbers in 200 odd less games.

    Get Grace off that list, and put in Delgado.


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    Sparty Says:

    Grace over Mattingly? Come on man, let go of the Yankees hate.

  9. 9

    a) never
    b) you got jorge, be happy

  10. 10

    you may may have a point

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    Sparty Says:

    meh, i don't trust Jorge.

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    Paul Says:

    haha yea that's not the one i trust either!!! but i appreciate my name being attached to a Yankee player. i would of gone jeter or donnie over him

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    eyebleaf Says:

    Make it happen brother! Delgado is a Hall-of-Famer, and one of the nicest guys in the game. Read that Verducci piece. After you do, I'm sure you'll get him in the lineup. With home run hitter after home run hitter being implicated in the steroid scandal, Delgado's record is all the more impressive. Let's finally give the man the credit he's due.


  14. 14

    i thought there'd be far more outrage over the absence of mo

  15. 15

    dont push it or youll get mo vaughn

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    Paul Says:

    I thought about him, but can't argue too much with Hoffman.. I'd even consider Eck over both of them but being an Athletic in the late 80s just puts doubt on you.

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    Hef Says:

    Carlton Fisk played into the steroid era (though he was nearly 100 years old at the end of his career). Either way, he should get the nod over Posada.

  18. 18

    agrreed and bill lee gets sp

  19. 19

    agreed and bill lee gets sp

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