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Top 10 Steroid Era Players (1995-2005)

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The Steroid Era in baseball is one of the darkest times the sport has ever faced, or, depending on how you look at it, it was the greatest era in the sport’s history. I mean, who doesn’t love 11-10 run games every night, 50 home run hitters, and 500-foot home runs? The Steroid Era doesn’t have a certain time period to it, but many experts consider it to have started in the late 1980’s and have ended in the late 2000’s. For this list, I’m sticking to the years 1995-2005. Also note that no pitchers will appear on this list; that list will come next week. One more note before I begin: whether a player did steroids or not, if they played in the time period, they are eligible for this list.

I narrowed it down to about 40 players. Some players were tougher than others to take off the list, but, alas, I was able to do it. Here are our honorable mentions:

Honorable Mentions

102310-MLB-bagwell-PI-AM_20101023180031_660_320 Jeff Bagwell

From 1996 to 2001, Bagwell averaged a .301 batting average, 1.012 OPS, 128 runs, 39 home runs, 126 RBI, and 20 SB. Not bad for the future Hall of Famer.

Cleveland Indians Albert Belle

Arguably the most feared batter in the 1990s, Belle is the only player in MLB history to record 50 doubles and 50 home runs in a season.

jason1 Jason Giambi

Giambi had a 4-year stretch from 1999 till 2002 where he averaged a .324 BA, 39 home runs, 126 RBI’s, and a 1.064 OPS. Giambi won the AL MVP in 2000.

Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks Todd Helton

Playing in Coors Field kept him out of the top 10, but Helton was one of the premier hitters in the early 2000s, including his 2000 season when he led the NL in batting average with a .372 clip.

Chipper Jones Chipper Jones

One of the greatest 3rd baseman of all-time, Chipper Jones had a run of 12 straight seasons hitting more than 20 home runs. He also won the 1999 NL MVP.

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