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Why Raul Ibanez’s Breakout Is Not Caused by Steroids

Published by on June 12, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Much has been made about Jerod Morris’ blog post regarding Raul Ibanez’s unexpected performance thus far. The post attempts to bust any steroids claims using statistical evidence—not to accuse his taking performance-enhancing drugs, as the media is making it out to be.

In his final three years as a Seattle Mariner, Ibanez hit a respectable .291/.354/.492, with an average of 26 home runs and 113 RBI per year. This year, his first in the National League in his 14-year career, the 37-year-old is hitting .325/.380/.671 with 20 home runs and 55 RBI.

Ibanez has just three less home runs this year than the 23 he hit in 2008, in 452 less plate appearances.

Only once in his career has Ibanez hi...

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