“You altered pitchers’ lives. You may have shortened pitchers careers because of the advantage you forced over them while juiced. Have you thought about what happened when they couldn’t get you out and lost the confidence of their managers and general managers? You even managed to alter the place some athletes have achieved in record books by making your steroid-fueled run to the season home run record.”
Dumb stat of the day then becomes:
Fifty-one pitchers gave up a total of 57 homers to McGwire in what turned out to be their final major league seasons, according to STATS LLC, among them Bert Blyleven, Orel Hershiser, Dennis Martinez, Charlie Leibrandt and Donnie Moore.
That's right. At age 43, in 1998, Dennis Martinez was forced to cut his career short because of the crucial home run he allowed to Mark McGwire on August 30, 1998, a blown save by Fergie Jenkins because of McGwire's 55th home run of the year. Out of genorisity, the Braves allowed Martinez to finish the season before they forced him into retirement.
I'm tired of retired players commenting on the steroid era and acting like they did it "the right way."