Major League Is Hitting Back in Post-Steroid Era
They’ve got the juice — we just hope it’s the legal kind. Batting stats are being knocked out of the park, with this year being the second-highest MLB season for home runs (5,610). The first, in 2000, came seven years before sluggers like Barry Bonds were called out for alleged steroid use. A number of factors are at play, but much of today’s new power is coming from once-scrawny middle infielders like Cubs shortstop Addison Russell and Cleveland 2nd baseman Jason Kipnis, who’ll battle again tonight in World Series Game 4.