I know many of you people don't want to hear anything about steroids again, they were basically the whole story of last year's MLB season. But with so many players having career years this year, can this illegal matter be taken up again?
Here is a great example, these are the stats that Aubrey Huff of the Baltimore Orioles is on pace for, according to ESPN:
.302 avg, 33 HR, 106 RBI, 47 2B, 102 R, 187 H
33 home runs would be just one shy of his career best, 106 runs batted in would also be one shy of his career best, 47 doubles would match his career high, 102 runs would be his personal best and 187 hits would be second best in his whole career. Here are his stats in the three years before this year
2007: .280 avg, 15 HR, 72 RBI, 34 2B, 68 R, 154 H
2006: .267 avg, 21 HR, 66 RBI, 25 2B, 57 R, 121 H
2005: .261 avg, 22 HR, 92 RBI, 26 2B, 70 R, 150 H
How does a guy just walk into a season at 31-years old and have one of the best years of his career after having some terrible years? Did the Mitchell Report teach these players nothing? As long as there is no punishment, players are just going to keep using steroids, even if they get busted, they'll just keep using them. Another great example is Ryan Ludwick, he hit under .260 with 27 home runs in his first 600+ at-bats in the big leagues and then as a 30-year old, he hits 27 bombs with a .302 average? Where is all of this stuff coming from?
Grady Sizemore is on pace for 10 more home runs and five more stolen bases than he has ever had in one season in his career. Xavier Nady, a career .260 hitter, suddenly comes out of nowhere and hits .320?
Cliff Lee and Ervin Santana, both who had terrible years last year, are now two of the best pitchers in the American League? How does a guy like Kyle Lohse, someone with a career ERA over 5.00 before this season, suddenly come out of no where and win 13 games?
2008 - the year of breakout stars, some people would say. I would say this year would be a year to forget rather then a year to remember, although I am just thinking here, it seems like there are more steroid users than ever before.
Players saw last year that players who take steroids don't get a punishment and that will just keep going on before they actually make a punishment for accused steroid users.
. . . . and Barry Bonds is still out there . . . .