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joshheines wrote:Even assuming McGwire was officially outed for using steroids, he still gets in. McGwire and Sosa should go down as two of the, maybe, ten most important baseball players of all-time. Note, I said important, not best. The strike of 1994 decimated the fans faith in baseball.
Believe it or not, according to at least website I visited, baseball was never more popular than it was in 1994. 31,256 people, on average, visited every game. In 1993, over 70,000,000 tickets were purchased by people to go to the ballpark. Then, in 1995, just over 50,000,000 tickets were purchased. That was about a 25 percent loss. In 1996, fans did come back. In fact, 60,000,000 tickets were purchased that year. In 1997, it appeared as if the mass rush back to baseball slowed as only 3,000,000 more tickets were bought. At this point we're three years removed from the strike and attendance has risen about 13,000,000 from the first post-strike year, but was still down about 10,000,000 from the pre-strike year. Then in 1998, as Sosa and McGwire battled against history and each other, attendance returned to its pre-strike form and over 70,000,000 tickets were purchased again.
Some may say that it was the natural progression of things that the people return; however, as we can see in the movie market there is traditionally a large drop-off after the first weekend (or season). Attendance was raised 10 million from 1995 to 1996, and then only 3 million from 1996 to 1997. It would make sense that less and less people would return each year, but in 1998 7 million more tickets were purchased. Even assuming a fifty percent drop, we would assume that only 1.5 million more tickets should have been pruchased in 1998, from 1997. Thus, while the assumption and the math are rough, McGwire and Sosa's battle got people interested in baseball again and can be at least in part attributed to bring millions and millions of fans back to the game.
I know it brought me back.
Art Vandelay wrote:If McGwire doesn't get in, then they might as well disqualify everyone who played between 1986 and 2006. If they keep someone out based on nothing but speculation and rumor with no positive test, and no evidence other than "look at him, he must be on something," I'll be extremely disappointed.
I'd hate to turn this into another greenies vs. steroids thread, but does anyone actually believe that Ripken played all those games without using peformance enhancers?
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