rib217 wrote:Out of curiosity.
When working out became non "Taboo" did Homeruns take off in the early 80's, Mid 80's or did not much change?
Havent players had personal trainers, personal dieticians, etc. for more than just the late 90's and early2000's? Films and analyzing pitchers isnt new is it? if so how new?
Are we agreeing that bats and balls in that period were also juiced even more than before? In the big Home Run years how many new stadiums or altered stadiums were there to make HomeRuns easier.
I lean towards steroids being a big reason, however i would like to hear more reasons why Homeruns seemed to stay the same and then skyrocket for that time period. I do think that once one guy or two guys does it perhaps the impossible became a reality and others overcame mental blocks of the impossible and hit more bombs, so the influx of Homeruns seems somewhat ok but it was pretty out of control dont you think?
well once players started using weight training, it was not something that became common place until the late 80's
as for the rest if the list, well it all pretty much happened during the 90's ..
A) Tony Gwynn was one of the early pioneers for Video, so that wasn't even commonplace until the mid to late 90's. I remember Tony telling a story on how he had to buy all of the equipment.
B) We had 4 new teams added in the 90's. So that was 40-50 pitchers that weren't MLB "Caliber" now playing at this level.
C) I am not a big fan of the Juiced ball theory, but i have read studies that claimed to prove the ball was wound tighter.
D) In the mid to late 90's modern computer engineering caught of with bat making, and a number of batters even switched to a harder wood. Bonds was one of them.
E) Players always used the Clubhouse trainers until the mid to late 90's. Personal Chefs and personal trainers didn't become common place until payrolls ballooned in the mid 90's..
F) The 90's had the largest expansion of New ball parks ever, most of which were bandboxes.