Monday, May 21, 2007

Steroids, Pitchers, and Minor Leaguers

As I've said several times, the steroids problem isn't about star sluggers and the record book. It's about the marginal players willing to do anything to catch on or hang on. It's also about pitchers more so than hitters. SI's Jon Heyman does the legwork:

One revelation from the testing has been the surprising prevalence of usage among pitchers compared to hitters. Pitchers have accounted for 97 failures to 77 for all position players. Only 16 tests were failed by major leaguers; minor leaguers accounted for the remaining 158.

But please, let us continue to fret about home run records and the Hall of Fame.