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  • #76
    Originally posted by JR Hart View Post
    So what then? We just pretend that none of it happened?
    That works for me. If you want to take Barry Bonds' juicing seasons at face value, be my guest.

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    • #77
      Originally posted by JR Hart View Post

      So what then? We just pretend that none of it happened? Where do we draw the line at that? Bonds' 2000 season wasn't much better than some of his 1990s seasons, do we allow that?
      I heard they are retiring Bonds number at an upcoming game. The living hall of fame Giants are all gonna be there.
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      • #78
        Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
        That works for me. If you want to take Barry Bonds' juicing seasons at face value, be my guest.
        If you want to pretend that they didn't happen, be my guest. Apparently, you are sure that it was only the roids and no other factors.
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        • #79
          Originally posted by JR Hart View Post

          If you want to pretend that they didn't happen, be my guest. Apparently, you are sure that it was only the roids and no other factors.
          Well, let's see...what did Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa have in common? They all upped their game to unbelievable levels at about the same time, at a point in their careers when they should have been declining. I wonder what could have caused that?
          They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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          • #80
            Originally posted by JR Hart View Post

            If you want to pretend that they didn't happen, be my guest. Apparently, you are sure that it was only the roids and no other factors.
            This discussion is STILL happening?

            Nobody said they didn't happen. But pretending as if context isn't needed is silly.

            What other factors led to it? He showed his ability through 1998. I think he would have had great twilight years but no other natural and honest "factor" on earth not only keeps a guy from declining, but morphs him into a legendary hitter at that age. Just baffling your crowd hasn't entered the phase of acceptance this many years later.
            "By common consent, Ruth was the hardest hitter of history; a fine fielder, if not a finished one; an inspired base runner, seeming to do the right thing without thinking. He had the most perfect co-ordination of any human animal I ever knew." - Hugh Fullerton, 1936 (Chicago sports writer, 1893-1930's)

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            • #81
              Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948 View Post

              This discussion is STILL happening?

              Nobody said they didn't happen. But pretending as if context isn't needed is silly.

              What other factors led to it? He showed his ability through 1998. I think he would have had great twilight years but no other natural and honest "factor" on earth not only keeps a guy from declining, but morphs him into a legendary hitter at that age. Just baffling your crowd hasn't entered the phase of acceptance this many years later.
              So your solution is that we stop discussing those years as if they occurred because they did not occur without chemical help?

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              • #82
                Originally posted by JR Hart View Post

                So what then? We just pretend that none of it happened? Where do we draw the line at that? Bonds' 2000 season wasn't much better than some of his 1990s seasons, do we allow that?

                Does Brady Anderson's 50+ hr season count, still?

                Do we install Roger Maris back as the HR champ? OH, but there was expansion.

                And where to we factor in the possibility of the ball being juiced also?

                How about the small strike zone?

                How about all the walks that Bonds got? Pitchers could have pitched to him more. Do we really know that he well he would have done with more pitches to hit?

                Maybe we should look into the records of pitchers in the 1960s, with the high mound and big strike zone? Let's pretend that it never happened.

                And all of the cocaine and amphetamines? Let's have a Mitchell Report for those things and exclude all of those guys.
                Bonds mit 70 bombs, pitchers had a good reason to not pitch to him. But obviously walks indirectly were influenced by the steroids.
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                • #83
                  Originally posted by SavoyBG View Post

                  So your solution is that we stop discussing those years as if they occurred because they did not occur without chemical help?
                  My personal approach is to acknowledge and appreciate what a great player he was through 1998. I estimate a very good decline phase for him. As for the absurd numbers, of course they happened but context is everything. They cannot be taken at face value.
                  "By common consent, Ruth was the hardest hitter of history; a fine fielder, if not a finished one; an inspired base runner, seeming to do the right thing without thinking. He had the most perfect co-ordination of any human animal I ever knew." - Hugh Fullerton, 1936 (Chicago sports writer, 1893-1930's)

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948 View Post

                    My personal approach is to acknowledge and appreciate what a great player he was through 1998. I estimate a very good decline phase for him. As for the absurd numbers, of course they happened but context is everything. They cannot be taken at face value.
                    To each his own. To me they can be taken just as much at face value as Levi Myerle's .492 batting average in 1871 or Radbourn's 59 wins in 1884. Those were the numbers. If you want to go beyond the numbers and try to explain why such abnormal numbers occurred that's something else.

                    So, what do you think that Babe would have done if he was on Barry's steroid regiment starting in like 1926?
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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by SavoyBG View Post

                      To each his own. To me they can be taken just as much at face value as Levi Myerle's .492 batting average in 1871 or Radbourn's 59 wins in 1884. Those were the numbers. If you want to go beyond the numbers and try to explain why such abnormal numbers occurred that's something else.

                      So, what do you think that Babe would have done if he was on Barry's steroid regiment starting in like 1926?
                      Night and day. In 1871 and 1884 all players were playing under the same rules, same conditions, same equipment all were on the same page.
                      In the years Bonds and some others were playing, some were using, some were clean.
                      That is why Barry and Roger who should have walked into the HOF, did not

                      Possible down the line they may get in. And in years some younger fans will ask, what took so long, here comes the "S" word again.
                      Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 08-11-2018, 08:35 PM.

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                      • #86
                        Rogers Hornsby is the only player in history to have a .400 BA season, a .500 OBP season, and a .750 SLG season. Hornsby and Williams are the only players to accomplish the first two (since 1900; three others did it in the 19th century); Williams’s best SLG was .735. Ruth and Bonds had the OBP and SLG; Ruth’s best BA was .393, Bonds .370.

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                        • #87
                          Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post

                          Night and day. In 1871 and 1884 all players were playing under the same rules, same conditions, same equipment all were on the same page.
                          In the years Bonds and some others were playing, some were using, some were clean.
                          That is why Barry and Roger who should have walked into the HOF, did not

                          Possible down the line they may get in. And in years some younger fans will ask, what took so long, here comes the "S" word again.
                          Beat me to it. Game conditions change over the years but the key point is that all players face the same circumstances. The exception being, of course various ballparks that help or hinder, but we can put that into perspective.
                          "By common consent, Ruth was the hardest hitter of history; a fine fielder, if not a finished one; an inspired base runner, seeming to do the right thing without thinking. He had the most perfect co-ordination of any human animal I ever knew." - Hugh Fullerton, 1936 (Chicago sports writer, 1893-1930's)

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