6 Cleanest Sluggers of the Steroid Era
The Steroid Era of baseball is one of the game’s most successful, yet darkest periods.
With Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s home run chase of 1998, baseball regained its position as America’s pastime.
However, recent events have scarred that great home run chase because McGwire and Sosa have both been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Several other sluggers of that time period have been accused of cheating, most notably Barry Bonds.
There are several sluggers who put up big home run totals and don’t have a steroid cloud hanging above their heads.
Here are the seven cleanest sluggers of the Steroid Era.
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Albert Pujols made his major league debut the same season Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs.
Since breaking in, Pujols has hit at least 30 homers in every season.
The only thing Pujols is being accused of is having one of the sweetest right-handed swings in the game.
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The Big Hurt did a lot of damage in the 1990s for the Chicago White Sox.
Thomas hit 521 home runs in his career and is considered one of the best designated hitters of all time.
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Jim Thome hit home runs at a consistent rate throughout his career, topping the 50-homer mark only once.
However, that hasn't stopped him from hitting 600 career home runs, only the eighth man to accomplish that feat.
Because of the era in which he played, his Hall of Fame status has been questioned. But there is no doubt that Thome deserves to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
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Carlos Delgado was a monster during the late 90s and 2000s.
He amassed 473 career home runs and hit 30 or more homers in 10 consecutive seasons.
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The greatest hitting catcher of all time played during the Steroid Era.
Mike Piazza was one of the most feared hitters of the 90s, blasting more than 40 homers in multiple seasons.
Ken Griffey Jr.
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Before injuries derailed his career, Ken Griffey Jr. was on pace to break Hank Aaron’s home run record.
Even still, Griffey hit more than 600 career home runs, including 58 in one season.
Griffey is one of the game’s greats and has no PED accusations to his name.