PED history, the so-called "steroids era" and how Miguel Cabrera's huge season are unfortunately tied
It's a season whose magnitude will not be appreciated as much as it should because of what transpired in baseball during the late 1990s and early 2000s when the numbers were artificially enhanced.
|Cabrera: Stats even more significant|
Henry Aaron, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Harmon Killebrew, Stan Musial are just a few baseball's all-time great sluggers to not hit 50 home runs in a season.
It's clearly an accomplished that has been devalued, which isn't fair to Cabrera if he does it for the first time this season.
At 157 RBI, it would be the most by a major league player since 1949. Oh, except for Juan Gonzalez with 157 in 1998, Sammy Sosa with 158 in '98, Sosa with 160 in 2001 and Manny Ramirez with 165 in 1999.
Batting average is a persistent stat. .360 is outstanding in any era. But it has more meaning now that average MLB batting averages have dropped into the .250 range. At the height of the performance enhancing drugs era, they were consistently above .270.
OPS is where Cabrera's season is especially impressive - 1.141 is off the charts.
But Barry Bonds, from 2001 to 2004, had a considerably higher OPS. Cabrera's OPS, if it stands the rest of the season, would be 49th all-time.
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