There must be an analogy with tighter credit and fewer mortgage loans here, as the Orlando Sentinel sees a correlation between a tighter steroid policy in major league baseball and fewer home runs.
The message is in the bottle.
It's a logical assumption that steroids testing played a role in the fall from an average of 2.04 dingers per game in 2007 to 2.01 in 2008. That may not seem like much, but it's a noticeable drop from 2000, when the average of 2.34 set a record.
A lot of fans dig the long ball. But something was wrong with all that muscle at the plate. It wasn't the real deal.
The excitement of the "steroids era" was tempered by ethical and medical concerns that arose because of suspected abuse.
The game isn't seeing as many homers, but at least it's cleaner.
Like global climate instability, there will never be a tight scientific study; the correlation stands now. Let the debate begin whether the decrease in power is due to tighter steroid testing, and less PED use, or due to other factors.