Fun idea from Brian Kenny – though I’m pretty sure he was joking. Of course, Brian knows me well enough now to know that I take even jokey ideas and do way too much with them.
He suggested if you want to penalize the players you suspect of using steroids but don’t want to disqualify them — a reasonable position, I think — what you should do is go to Baseball Reference and plug their careers into the worst possible ballpark context. That would significantly penalize the player’s career numbers but if they were TRULY great then that should (or at least might) shine through.
So, yeah, I did that.
For hitters, I used 1968 Dodger Stadium. I could have gone back and used an old Deadball Park, but that didn’t seem right – that was a different game. How would the players who have in any way been connected with steroids do in that awful hitting environment?