The Mitchell Report came out this week -- naming names of those that might be associated with Steroids in Baseball. Nothing in the report was really all that surprising...and IMO, it was a lot of hoopla over what we already suspected.
However, here's a link to one of the more interesting things I've read this week. It's a post from June 4th, but it's a statistical look at baseball hitters that were statistical outlyers that defied the usual decline in production that comes from aging by having their better years much later in their careers.
There are two very interesting parts of this list. #1) of the 18 players on the list, 17 of them have played since 1987, 14 of them since 1994, and 10 of the 18 had their outlying year during a 5 year period from 1996 - 2001. #2) 5 of the 18 players have been pretty closely linked to steroid use (or other performance enhancers). Another 4 or 5 of them would not surprise me in the slightest if they were involved. While I would expect today's players to perform better at a later age than those in the 30s and 40s, due in large part to better diets and training, I think it's pretty obvious that the past 12 years or so in baseball have been riddled with players usinng performance enhancing drugs.