The MLB steroid era has come and gone (we hope), so as we weave through all the asterisk of statistics let's take a closer look at Runs Batted In (RBI) over the last 20+ years. But at time of writing Miguel Cabrera is on pace for a record setting 198 RBIs in the 2013 season, the all-time single-season record is 191 by Hack Wilson in 1930. We decided to take a look at some of the great RBI seasons of the last 20+ years and see where Miggy should or could rank when the season is over.
Here are the top 20 players for RBIs in a given season since 1990:
The accused, suspected, or confirmed steroid users are:
- Manny Ramirez - suspended for 50 games, blamed it on a woman's fertility drug
- Sammy Sosa - was among 104 players who tested positive for PEDs in 2003
- Juan Gonzalez - Canseco stated he educated and injected Juan personally
- Alex Rodriguez - admitted user
- Andres Galarraga - went from wearing a size 7 1/4 hat to a 11 3/4
- Miguel Tejada - thrown under the bus by Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, and Jason Grimsley.
- David Ortiz - was among 104 players who tested positive for PEDs in 2003, denies, but hasn't been the same player.
- Rafael Palmerio - accused by Canseco, tested positive for Stanozolo.
- Mark MaGwire - Before and after
The unfortunate truth is there were only 4 players on our Top 25 list who were perceived (but unconfirmed) to be clean. Further, any baseball player who competed in the 1990s and early 2000s are all laced with stigma of being a PED user.
Todd Helton, Ken Griffey Jr, Albert Belle and Ryan Howard appear to be the only clean players on the list. In the chart below we take a look at how each player has done on an RBI per Game basis.
There is a lot of people projecting out Miguel Cabrera's 2013 season, and looking at the chart above you can't not be a little intrigued. Not to take anything away from the incredible pace that he's started the season, but he's human and will probably slump at some point. The odds are not in his favor to eclipse Hack Wilson's RBI record, but as a fan, here's to hoping that he at least challenges it and add another clean season to the list.