Theory of Aging & Hitting HR's
The theory of aging and hitting home runs is not what you think. There's a unique class of elite players that are current and from the past that have proven the public opinion wrong. The baseball world watched one player in 2015, no matter if you liked him or not, Alex Rodriguez.
Observers familiar with the unreliable nature of baseball statistics over short time-frames will surely warn that expectations for Mr. Rodríguez need to be kept in check. Robert “Voros” McCracken, an early and influential quantitative analyst of the sport, once memorably wrote that any MLB hitter can do just about anything, good or bad, in a mere 60 at-bats (a little over two weeks of play).
Mr. Rodríguez proved the theory of "Signature Significance"correctly .
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Best Dodger Pitcher Ever
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He's the best Dodger's pitcher. Dodger fans are in the midst of an incredible career that is a hall of fame finish. Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League Most Valuable Player award in nearly a half-century and Cy Young since Bob Gibson in 1968. He's having another Cy Young year in 2016. "My job is to win the day I pitch. All the outside stuff, what the team does the other four days, I'll be a cheerleader, but it doesn't change expectations on my day," he said. "I expect to win. I don't feel like it carries any more weight one way or another."
Kershaw is the first to criticize his command, He had a string of six consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts in '16, one shy of Randy Johnson's NL record and two shy of the MLB record shared by Pedro Martinez and Chris Sale
Kershaw was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 MLB Draft. He worked his way through the Dodgers' farm system in just one full season and reached the majors at 20 years old. When he debuted in 2008, he was the youngest player in MLB, a title he held for one full year.
He's has been brilliant for the length of his nine-year career. As a lefty and a Dodger, Kershaw is often bonded to Sandy Koufax, who actually has become one of the leaders of the Clayton Kershaw fan club.
Koufax created his legacy over his final six seasons (1961-66), when he won three Cy Youngs and finished third once (in fairness, before 1967 there was a single Cy Young given to cover both leagues). In the past five years, Kershaw has won three CY's and finished second once.
“It goes beyond the stuff in the comparison to Koufax, it is about will and having to wrestle the ball out of their hands,” said Joe Torre, who faced Koufax as a player and was Kershaw’s first Dodgers manage. “The makeup is essentially that he wills himself to success. Long-term contract, short-term contract, [Kershaw is] basically going to take the ball and give you everything he has got. He has no back off in him. He is strictly a very aggressive pitcher and I mean pitcher — not thrower. If you spend any time with him he is special and belongs in the group of the best I have seen with Marichal, Koufax, Drysdale, Gibson.
Respectful to Torre's best, there's an elite class that his best do not belong. Kershaw is the best Dodger pitcher ever.
By the time he retires, Kershaw will smash all Dodger records. Koufax 6 years were great but longevity keeps him out of the elite class of Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Bob Gibson & Tom Seaver. Kershaw belongs in the elite group right now. Koufax and Drysdale do not.
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Best shortstop ever to based off 4 categories, regular season, post-season, ambassador and career SS statistics.
Cal Ripken and Robin Yount switched positions during their careers so their overall statistics drastically change if compared head to head at SS. Ripken played his last 5 years at 3rd Base while Yount ended up playing centerfield his last 9 years. Jeter played his entire career at SS. Below is the comparison:
Career-SS AB H 2B RBI HR R Gold Gloves
Jeter 11195 3465 544 1311 260 1902 5
Ripken 9219 2549 487 1369 353 1366 2
Yount 6049 1727 323 713 129 885 1
* Jeter is 6th all-time hits list
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Yogi was the greatest Living Icon
(Updated-Original July 2015)
Since the 1940's and til the day he died, Yogi Berra's connection and popularity to baseball was iconic.
But, when only 4 former players, elected as the greatest living legends walked onto the all-star field in Cincinnati this past summer ( Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays) something was wrong with the picture. Backtracking to past greats and legends raced through my mind and then it screamed in my head, Where is Yogi Berra? They said living legends.... Why didn't they even mention his name? What a diss on Yogi and other living legends or greats that should have been there.
Wait ! Yogi is not a legend, he's "Iconic".
Personally , I would have kept Aaron and Mays, because they were were 2 and 3 behind Yogi as icons not Bench or Koufax. Top of the mountain. The elite of the elite. Baseball got this wrong letting fans vote on this. It backfired. This is why I don't overrate the accomplishment. They did not even mention Yogi's name as part of the recognized group. If he played today, he would replicate his career performances. He would be even better. People got caught up in the talk about the modern ballplayer (1965 to current) being an "athlete". Yogi, was very athletic, his reflexes and vision were amazing. The toughest outs are the guys with the small strike zones. Yogi exploited that to great effect. Berra was excellent at hitting poor pitches, covering all areas of the strike zone (as well as beyond) with great extension. One great stat that supports his athletic ability, Berra caught 117 double-headers game. Unheard of and never never will be matched. His records and accomplishments were beyond your wildest baseball dreams. Just look it up. He was the best living catcher. Bench's career stats were great. Both Yogi and him have similar numbers in all offensive categories. But what seperates Yogi above Bench are these 2 stats of strikeouts and batting average. Bench struckout 1278 times compared to Yogi's 414. Bench's batting average was .267. Berra hit .285. On top of that, Bench had 2 championships while Berra had 10 as a players. Yogi had a total of 13 World Series Championships. It's significant to note that In 1957, the baseball glove manufacturer Rawlings created the Gold Glove Award missing the prime of Berra's career behind the plate. Yogi's last 8 years was a limited/part-time catcher. Most of his fielding were done in the outfield and infield. In Bench's last 8 years he won 2 gold gloves. Those came on the front-end of those eight years.
Just to name a few derserving of legend status are Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson, Greg Maddux would have been better. Truthfully, Ricky Henderson is a legend. An astonishing ball player. Henderson is the stolen base record owner, by far. The best lead off batter in history. Hit for average and power. I don't want to take anything away from Koufax. He was absolutely brilliant for a certain period of time. Koufax career was extremely short with a splash of dominance. Statistically Clayton Kershaw crushes Koufax. They did say living legends. Oh ummmm Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera. More importantly, Yogi Berra.
What were you thinking?
Just pointing out how baseball did this wrong and they shud have known it's not the Voice or American Idol. It was odd to see baseball willing to separate, categorize or risk disrespecting other greats. Too many other living greats equal or surpass Bench and Koufax. What's upsetting is MLB is informing or the misrepresentation to a younger generation, that was watching the All-Star game, that these are our only living legends or our best living legends. Baseball is a historic sport. Its history is the backbone of the sport. It's fair to say, the young fans may never know so many of the other greats and the iconic Berra. Until Yogi's passing and the news media frenzy beyond the sports world. Another huh!
Even today, some continue to place Bench ahead of Yogi and it's still wrong. Berra's playing career coincided with the Yankees' most consistent period of World Series participation, he established Series records for the most games (75), at-bats (259), hits (71), doubles (10), singles (49), games caught (63), and catcher putouts (457). In Game 3 of the 1947 World Series, Berra hit the first pinch-hit home run in World Series history off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca.
Berra was an All-Star for 15 seasons, and was selected to 18 All-Star Games (MLB held two All-Star Games in 1959 through 1962.
He won the American League (AL) MVP award in 1951, 1954, and 1955; Berra never finished lower than fourth in the MVP voting from 1950 to 1957. He received MVP votes in fifteen consecutive seasons, tied with Barry Bonds and second only to Hank Aaron's nineteen straight seasons with MVP support. From 1949 to 1955, on a team filled with stars such asMickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, it was Berra who led the Yankees in RBI for seven consecutive seasons.
One of the most notable days of Berra's playing career came when he caught Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, the first of only two no-hitters ever thrown in postseason play.
So this goes back to the 2015 All-Star game.
It's understood MLB was trying engage fans to vote for the selection of those four legends and to have a voice and glorify their idols. It was a nice idea to promote interest in Baseball but the wrong format. Did anybody believe those were our only 4 living legends? I hope not.
During the All-Star pregame ceremonies, I was expecting a large group of former players to walk out , not 4. It was odd glorifying just them. Magnifying and making a fans vote significant in this category for show biz was wrong. They should have known. Now it's a moment percieved as disrespect and a mistake. Especially the day of reflection of the iconic Yogi Berra.
Yes Yogi, "It aint over til it's over". Sadly It's over. The celebration of your life and career is not. It's iconic.
Read more about Yogi Berra's life, career and impact on the game of baseball and people's lives read the links below.
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Post Jeter Era Cornelius Hanna-GSBN November 24,2014
The N.Y. Yankees Post Jeter-Era has begun and it looks promising with a talent pool of Baby Yanks and a wave of Baby Bombers.
We've been following the Yankees youth movement since last summer and the Arizona Fall League.
I've witnessed and been praising the Yankees farm system with the great talent on its way up to the Bronx. The best confirmation was all the Arizona Fall League. These baby Yanks - OF Aaron Judge, OF Tyler Austin, and 1B Greg Bird are clearly big league talent. Can not express how impressive the trio looked throughout the fall. The other confirmation of players are IF Rob Refsnyder, Gary Sanchez along with pitchers Luis Severino, and Ian Clarkin. Two of them, Bird and Refsnyder are hit machines. Their track records are very good. Both will make an impact at the big league level this upcoming season. Now, Judge has the 5 tools to be a star. Has yet to be called up, but is expected to arrive by September 1.
The only report negative report I have witnessed about Judge, he struggled with off speed pitches down and away. So, but he appeared to have learned to lay off the pitch and increasing his walk ratio.
Rob Refsynder has won the nations batting title in his senior year at University of Arizona. Plus winning the College World Series. Scouting reports state that Refsnyder has shown improvement at the plate at every level.
The biggest arm and the talk of the town is Luis Severino (No.1 team prospect). AT the trade deadline, teams were demanding Severino, but the Yankees said no in all negotaitions. "I felt that promoting him, we'd probably get at least as good a performance from him as we would from most trade candidates," Cashman said.
Looking down the road, lefty starter Ian Clarkin (Career IP 79, SO 79, ERA 3.60) will compete for starting role next season 2016. He has tremendous ability with variation of pitches. His fast ball is consistently in the lower 90's.
It was clear to me and others during the fall of 2014, talk around Major League Baseball had been about the Yankees prospects tearing up the 2014 Arizona Fall League. Most of the chatter was about Aaron Judge -RF, Greg Bird -1B, and Tyler Austin - OF.
Bird, was the AFL All-Star game MVP and league MVP. Yankees did not and will not trade him. He displays big power and plate discipline that teams seek from young talent. He's made a impact after being called-up with his bat and good fielding skills. He continues to showcase the same discipline and approach at the plate, that I witnessed, with the Yankees. Manger Joe Girardi said, "Bird has a slow clock. Everything slows down for him." He continued to say that over the years of managing and coach, he's seen one other player with the same mindset. That other player was the young Miguel Cabrera. As for Bird, his mother has always told him he had an eye for hitting, and a coach earlier in his career instilled the value of discipline in him. As for the hype, it isn't something he lets get to him. "It's good for the confidence. I'm confident in what I do every day and the work that I put in and how I prepare," Bird said. Being part of a pennant chase with veterans has also made his promotion extra special. “It’s really an honor to be with these guys and be in a pennant race,’’ Bird said. “The cool thing about baseball, every level I’ve been to, it’s the same game.
I’m enjoying it. It’s all new, but it’s all stuff I’ve prepared for through the years.’’ He went to say, everything else is kind of out of my hands. Ask anyone who witnessed him play. The eyes do not deceive.
Now, the future right fielder for the Yankees should be, if everything continues to go well for the 6' 7 Aaron Judge.
He has a powerful throwing arm and the raw power to hit 30 HR's in the big leagues. He's another player that can make the jump to the Bronx next year. Truly not a lot of holes in the swing or trouble with premium velocity. I witnessed him a lot and it was clear he does not have to hit for power. He makes a lot of contact and spread the ball all over the field. At times, it just seemed he was a strong gap hitter, then he hits the big bomb and does so without the extreme swing.
Injured Tyler Austin has had a rough summer with the injuries, over coming cancer and never got on track. He's under the radar. He displayed the ability to hit to all fields and power to right field. He can play both corners in the outfield, clearly shined in AFL. His arrival to the big show is also expected within 2 years.
We have not seen this type of young talent in 2 decades. Maybe they are listening to the Gene "Stick" Michael way and let them play. Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettite and Derek Jeter all got the opportunity with little or no experience. These baby Yanks are right there and class acts and smart baseball IQ.
The young talented Baby Yankees can see action in New York in 2015. The potential of another future core appears to be near as the post-Jeter era is underway.
2014 National League All-Star was only player to reach at least 20 doubles,
20 home runs and 20 stolen bases last past season? (Answer - bottom of page)
Next Great Yankee
Arizona Fall League is a great measure of future stars. More importantly, why Yankees Gleyber Torres is very special. He needs to be on the roster in 2017.
For a quarter-century, the Arizona Fall League has helped the top Minor League talent in the game get ready for the big leagues. It's done so with remarkable consistency, sending more than 60 percent of its alumni to the highest level.
The AFL has produced 247 players who have earned roster spots in the All-Star Game, including 33 in last year's Midsummer Classic. There have been 16 MVPs (Mike Trout is a two-time winner), seven Cy Young Award winners and 27 Rookies of the Year to come through the league since it started in 1992.
AFL MVP-Torres, is one of the most dynamic prospects in all of baseball. He's just 19 years old and he's already played far beyond his years based on level and how he's carried himself.
In addition to being the best hitter in the AFL, showing both the ability to hit for average and power with an advanced approach at the plate, Torres also slid over to second for the first time without missing a beat. More than anything, the teenager carried himself like a veteran amongst much older competition.
My Personal Ralph BrancaStory
By Cornelius Hanna
As a kid growing up in Brooklyn during the 1970’s the baseball broadcast you could recite by memory was “The Shot Heard Around The World". The Russ Hodges 1951 call went like this “ Here’s a long drive. … It’s gonna be, I believe … the Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands. The Giants win the pennant, and they’re goin’ crazy! They’re goin’ crazy! I don't believe it! I don't believe it! I do not believe it!" Ralph Branca was the man who threw the pitch to Bobby Thompson.
Uncharacteristically he became as famous and popular as the hero. That's unusual in sports, since history seems to forget the unfortunate one's. Does anybody recall who threw the game seven walk-off home run pitch to the Pirates Bill Mazeroski in the 1960 World Series? While infamous, the burden Branca had to carry was humungous, given the burgeoning business of broadcasting baseball on television in 1951. Moreover, series ending walk off home runs to decide championships were rare. To celebrate the point, it was twenty-five years later for New York to be the scene of another pennant winning home run when the Yankees defeated the Royals in the 1976 American League Championship Series. The jubilation of 1976 was immediately juxtaposed with that moment in 1951, reminding Branca of his disappointing effort that cost the Dodgers a chance to be champions.
While starting my broadcast sports journalism career in South Florida in 1985, little did I know that I would have the unique experience of being the personal driver for Branca and his wife. I drove them around for three years every winter and spring, and found him (and his wife) to be friendly, warm, and loving. Branca was a confident, strong minded man. Every time he contacted me for assistance, I can still hear his voice calling to me, "Connie" he would say for short. Being in his presence you knew he was the man who threw the historic pitch to Bobby Thompson. Initially it was something I didn’t want to discuss, but he always made me
feel like family or one of the guys. Being around him you felt important, and trusted, so I never asked him about the Thompson home run. When he brought it up once, I remember him saying, it’s baseball. In time he asked me questions about my youth growing up in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn where most of his Dodgers teammates lived. We connected and related to each other talking baseball, and Brooklyn. He and his wife were amazing to me. They treated me as if I were their son, giving me moral support, boosting my confidence, and made feel like the icon and hero.
I lost touch over time - life has a way of doing that, but when I heard of his passing so near to Thanksgiving I wanted to say thanks Ralph, for the love and trust you had in a twenty year old. You're a hero to me, for being a great human being.
Watch fan nearly fall from middle deck, Cincinnati, 1981.
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"Uncovering David Ortiz.
Catch Me If You Can".
August 30,2016-GSBN Staff
It’s time to evaluate the preposterous season of David Ortiz at the age of 40 nearing 41. Everyone in sports should call into question his performance this season.
It’s disproportionately out of the norm comparing to other 40 year old players in Major League Baseball history.
Ortiz OPS (1.047) is better than Mike Trout (.987).His numbers, measured against the most dynamic young player in the game are literally off the charts. Less then a month left on the 2016 schedule, Ortiz is being considered as the AL M.V.P. This is silly, there needs to be pressure by sports people and journalists to look past this nice guy teddy bear image.
Look at his body of work in 2016 and compare him to the listed athletes between the ages of 39 and 41. It’s clear, these former players (listed below), did not have the type of season David Ortiz is having. (Variation of players and multiple era’s)
Age Ops SLG G AVG HR 2B RBI
40-David Ortiz 1.047 .636 118 .321 30 40 100
39-Rod Carew .717 .345 127 .280 6 17 67
39-Mike Schmidt .668 .372 42 .203 6 7 28
40-Ken Griffey Jr..454 .204 3 .184 0 2 7
40-Alex Rodriguez .598 .351 65 .200 9 7 31
40-Derek Jeter .617 .313 145 .256 15 32 77
40-Barry Bonds .1045 .565 126 .276 14 66 132
40-EdgarMartinez .895 .489 145 .294 24 25 98
40-Frank Thomas .387 .364 71 .263 8 7 30
40-George Brett .746 .434 145 .266 19 31 75
40-C. Yastzremski .812 .462 105 .275 15 21 50
40-Reggie Jackson .787 .408 132 .241 18 12 58
40-Willie Mays .482 .425 136 .271 18 24 61
40-Babe Ruth .789 .431 28 .181 6 0 12
40-Hank Aaron .832 .491 112 .268 20 16 69
40-Ted Williams .791 .419 103 .254 10 15 43
(41) T. Williams 1.096 .645 113 .316 29 15 72
Ortiz’s stats should be called into question when compared to some of the all time greats mentioned above. Only 2 of the 15 are not Hall of Famers. Bonds and Rodriguez PED use clouds their entry. Ortiz’s numbers are unheard-of, unless you’re Barry Bonds.
The question must be asked, how the heck is Ortiz dominating the game? Is he juiced?
What is he taking and how he’s doing it? I will say he’s been listed on the Mitchel Report that got uncovered. He’s been accused of taking PEDs 2 other times. Throughout his career in Minnesota and Boston his responses to PEDs and carrying multiple ID’s have been well documented as being defensive, side-stepping and disrespectful towards journalists. Ortiz is responsible for any usage of PEDs, but why isn’t anyone talking about this? Instead praising him for his 2016 success. Doesn’t anybody see what I am seeing? Did we forget? Why is he getting a free pass? It’s also disturbing and alarming the Boston Red Sox organization have been accused of promoting and educating players on the proper way to use PEDs.
The Mitchel Report, named after former (Senator-Maine) George Mitchell, was criticized for having a conflict of interest with the report when he was a director of the Boston Red Sox. Granted, no Red Sox players were named in the report, however, Red Sox stars David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were later accused to have used PEDs during the 2003 season, as reported by the New York Times on July 30, 2009.
Furthermore, Curt Schilling and Lou Merloni have spoken-out about how the Red Sox encouraged and pushed the usage of PEDs towards its players. Schilling said in a radio interview with Colin Cowerd that some in the Red Sox organization encouraged him to consider the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs to get back to playing shape. Schilling’s quote was: "At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in which was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue.” Schilling further said the conversation occurred in the clubhouse which involved former Red Sox players. “It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation. Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren't in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn't going to get healthy, it didn't matter. And if I did get healthy, great."
Lou Merloni spoke about a team meeting in a 2009 interview about a doctor brought in by the team, teaching players how to use steroids the right way. Merloni's exact quotes, according to The Boston Globe, were: "I'm in Spring Training, and I got an 8:30-9:00 meeting in the morning. I walk into that office, and this happened while I was with the Boston Red Sox before this last regime, I'm sitting in the meeting. There's a doctor up there and he's talking about steroids, and everyone was like, 'Here we go, we're going to sit here and get the whole thing -- they're bad for you.' "No. He spins it and says, 'You know what? If you take steroids and sit on the couch all winter long, you can actually get stronger than someone who works out clean. If you're going to take steroids, one cycle won't hurt you; abusing steroids it will.' "He sat there for one hour and told us how to properly use steroids while I'm with the Boston Red Sox, sitting there with the rest of the organization, and after this I said, 'What the heck was that?' And everybody on the team was like, 'What was that?' And the response we got was, 'Well, we know guys are taking it, so we want to make sure they're taking it the right way.' Where did that come from? That didn't come from the Players Association."
Another incident involving Ortiz and Latroy Hawkins, former pitcher, Twins teammate (1997-2002) when he got traded from Seattle to Minnesota. We all went out to dinner. I guess he wanted to order a drink and the lady asked for an ID and he pulled out, like, five different IDs. It was like, "Dude, what are you trying to do?" He was like, "Don't worry about it. Don't worry about it."
If this is the year of lies and cover-ups, David Ortiz career may be the biggest in the sports world of 2016. All the gifts from teams and praising his great season has many fooled or simply giving him a free pass. There’s no way the media and sports fans can sit back and not question a 40 year old baseball player's season stats as compared to his career stats then compare him to some of the game’s greatest. No way should he retire. Ortiz’s stats destroyed the legends mentioned above. Unless you’re Barry Bonds. Players' careers enter the twilight or the final curtain at 40. They’re just hanging-on for the most part. Ortiz seems to be a sunrise with many playing years of ahead. His numbers are for those in their prime. But he’s retiring and it will be impossible for baseball to suspend him. David “Papi” Ortiz must know this. So why not pump up for one final year. He’s been protected by the establishment and ignored by majority of the media. It’s time to question his performance
and not to look past the smiling fictional character.
How are they doing it?
In 2015, these two players led their Toronto Blue Jays to the postseason ending the longest drought in baseball.
They did it by smashing their way with long ball power and once again baseball applauded the excitement it brought to the headlines and fans. But not me. It smells of steroids and PED use.
Blue Jays Jose Bautista and
Indians Edwin Encarnacion had a career year displaying
striking power. But when their careers started off with below average numbers the red flags needed to be waved. We've seen this before with players having a drastic power surge following years of below average statistics.
Even David Ortiz of the Red Sox falls into this scrutiny.
Jose Bautista was a 20th round draft pick that made his Major League debut in 2004 with Baltimore, but ended playing for 3 more teams in that same year with Tampa, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh.
From 2004-2009, Bautista never hit more than 16 home runs in a season, and was essentially a mediocre player. The Pirates traded him away because he did not produce.
In 2010, Bautista hit 54 homers and followed up with 43 in 2011. Injuries in 2012 and 2013 held him back a bit, but he still combined for 55 home runs in just 210 games.
Edwin Encarnacion also needs to be questioned on his career of past and present. Just ask the Cinncinati Reds fans where Edwin started his career. Matter of fact even Blue Jay fans must wonder how did this happen.
Just because Major League Baseball now has a drug-testing program doesn't mean its athletes can't get away with cheating.
Encarnacion has been a great power hitter since 2012. But from 2005-2011, he possessed league average power. His jump from 17 home runs in 2011 to 42 in 2012 is a bit suspicious. No, it needs to be questioned.
So this leads me to this.
Baseball testing is not doing the job. Players have found a way to beat the system or baseball is letting some things slip through for these guys and others to get away with it.
In 2005, a Yankkes fan jumped from the 3rd-deck into the safety net covering fans behind homeplate.