Again, in honest debate, irrelevant. I did not see fit to explore Barry Bonds' playing time of injury status, because I realized that some here, with some degree of justification, might have accused me of making excuses for Barry or gilding the lily in my presentation of data. I hewed to the topic: aging and performance patterns.: Also in two of those years, shorts years. Babe's first game was on May 20 in 1922.
1925, very sick played only 98 games. On return, great loss of weight, his uniform altered to fit him. Not himself.
IF is a magnificent word indeed. Again, before looking at those numbers, you are inserting modifiers and qualifiers to any conclusion you reach.:It appears evident if not for those bad short seasons, Babe Ruth age 20-25 would have much better numbers than Babe age 32-37.
Then why bother making the comps at all? My whole point is that Barry Bonds' most vocal and adamant critics make an absolute moral UP or DOWN issue of his records. In their condemnation of Bonds, the recite a litany of proofs against him as a cheater [correct me if I am wrong on any of these]::This is another reason I question the accuracy, comparing him age 20-25 to age 32-37.
That was not the real Babe we saw in the years 1920-1925.
1. No MLB player has ever had marked improvements in is offense production in an age regression pattern like that of Barry Bonds. [My most curt response, unsatisfying even to me, is well - now we can't say that anymore. The next one will be the NEXT one]. Underlying that curt response it that professional athletes, with very narrow windows of opportunity and very limited expectations of career longevity, were presented with PRODUCTS hat promised a dramatic change that moved them to consider REVERSING EXPECTATION.
2. HOW MLB chose to confront the player dilema is a matter of promotional, attendance and statistical history.
3. The issue may go back much further than the 1998 line in the sand delineated in this thread. No rational, informed study of this conflict can buy into MLB rectitude and due diligence in making and enforcing rules, while at the same time enjoying several years of highest player performance and fan attendance and penalizing the performers.
4. Who was the real Barry Bonds? Did he accomplish what he did at astonishing levels when he was still a rather young man? In Ruth's day the life expectancy was about 60. Today is surpasses 80. That's a 33.33% increase very directly applicable to the human experience.
Maybe, instead of autopsying Barry's morality, we should be conducting live studies of his physical, neuromuscular, genetic and systemic functions ... along with diarized records of personal habits to model lifestyle enhancement models for future generations.
Bottom line: Barry Bonds is an EXCEPTIONAL individual. He does not fit neatly into regressed patterns of expectation: bless him for that.