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What’s Happened To Baseball? PART 3

Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco playing for the A's
Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco playing for the A’s

There were also fluctuations in fan interest within the past decade because the steroid era.  For the majority of the second half of the twentieth century, baseball was a slow paced, low scoring game that favored pitchers.  Fans became more interested in basketball games that finished 100-98 or football games that finished 28-21, not baseball games that took three hours to finish 1-0.  What the steroid era did was make baseball a high scoring game.  Players like Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, and Jose Canseco were smashing out home runs and driving up scores.  Baseball suddenly became more fast paced and impressive with balls flying out of stadiums left and right.  But in the mid 2000s baseball commissioner Bud Selig really cracked down on performance enhancing drugs and drove out all steroid users.  Baseball fell back into a low scoring affair and fan interest yet again started to decrease. Continue reading What’s Happened To Baseball? PART 3

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