Steroids and fastballs: A tawdry affair  

May, 18, 2010
05/18/10
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How much are steroids worth to a pitcher?

Here's how much, according to new research: They can take a guy with a 35th-percentile fastball and make him average, and take a pitcher with an average fastball and boost him to the 65th percentile. So just think about the difference it might make to a borderline-dominant pitcher like, say, Roger Clemens.

Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.
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