While the baseballs tv ratings in 1998 for this series are high, they would likely have been higher with more competitive games. The graph below shows the average ratings since by game of the series and where this series stands. In the context of Chicago vs.
Erase it from memory and move on. Steroids just might have saved baseball.
In doing so, he became baseball's first member of the 3,hit club to require more than one ballot in 52 years. Some say he's a shoo-in for eventual induction.
But Biggio has one big factor working against him: His most successful years at the plate for the Houston Astros came during a stretch in baseball that many are trying to forget. We're talking about the steroid era, the period from the late s through the early s when players were packing on the muscle unnaturally, balls were accordingly leaving parks at a much faster rate, and long-standing long-ball records were falling.
Many baseball writers who vote on Hall candidates are dead-set on punishing cheaters, and fans don't seem to mind the sanctions. Let's face it, we'd all like to just pretend that the era never happened. Barry Bonds, the career home run leader at ?
Never heard of him. The great home run race of ? Never happened. There's one reason we shouldn't.
In fact, it's reason to think about extending that olive branch and letting those sluggers in the Hall. The post-strike doldrums Flash back to Major League Baseball's owners and players are unable to reach a deal for a new collective bargaining agreement.
The players strike, and the season stops on Aug.
The two sides continue to toss proposals back and forth, but by Sept. No pennant races.
No World Series. Fans were fed up. They were angry at both sides. That National Pastime and all the joy of the Fall Classic had been snatched away.
What's more, it was a year in which the Montreal Expos -- a club that had been to the postseason only once -- had the best record in baseball. It was a year in which the Padres' Tony Gwynn had a chance to become the first.
Attendance: 29, per game, up 3.
What followed were some dark days for Major League Baseball. And that was even while clubs kept ticket prices down. Then, things started to turn But a trend emerged in Some 17 hitters had at least 40 home runs. In , there were just five who hit that mark.
From to , at least a dozen hitters belted 40 or more home runs each year, and those ranks include several names most fans probably do not remember. In , Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa captivated fans in their battle to win the home-run race and pass that long-standing Maris record in the process.
The two sluggers revived the rivalry the following season. And where McGwire left off, Barry Bonds picked up. Americans hadn't just grudgingly taken baseball back into their lives, they had fallen back in love with it.
America's pastime had been resurrected.