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May 22, 2009
BASEBALL: Size Matters

Yes, bigger players hit longer home runs. Another data point against those who argue that steroids, which clearly help build muscle mass, have no effect on the ability to hit for power.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:57 PM | Baseball 2009 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

A fact that is lost on David Ortiz.

Posted by: MVH at May 22, 2009 2:21 PM

Ortiz is 33.5. Historically, a lot of sluggers have dropped off rapidly at that age. Look up Jimmie Foxx, for instance.

Of course, Ortiz has done more than just "drop off."

Posted by: per14 at May 22, 2009 4:52 PM

Actually, I wasn't alluding that he used them, only that he stated in an interview that he wasn't sure how steroids would help someone hit.

As for his recent hitting slump, it could just be a minor blip, but as a Yankees fan, I'm loving every minute of it.

Posted by: MVH at May 22, 2009 7:58 PM

Ortiz had wrist surgery last season & hit 23 homers in 491 plate appearances after 'recovery', so I'd say his wrist AND his age have done the damage to his swing. As I told the owner of Ortiz in our league this season during week 2, I wouldn't touch him with a 10 foot pole & I don't think he'll ever hit 30 homers again.

For anyone who thinks that steroids don't apply to the fast-twitch muscles (necessary in quicker bat speed), go look at the video of Ben Johnson in Seoul and allow that argument to forever more be put to rest. Talent gets a batter to the majors, steroids most certainly add bat speed.

Posted by: RW at May 23, 2009 11:36 PM
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