I’ve been following the steroid controversy in baseball from a distance, and am wondering just how building up extra muscle in this fashion is so effective in increasing home run scores. (This may well be a silly question, as I have never hit a baseball in my life, so don’t really appreciate what is involved in the mechanics of putting bat to ball.) Feel free to chip in with the simplest of answers.
Anyhow, baseball is not weight lifting, or 100m sprinting, were the whole exercise can be reduced to fairly simple parameters of strength and power. There must be numerous variables involved in hitting a home run, it certainly doesn’t seem like you would need freakish strength to hit one. Surely the weight-training regimen of any professional slugger should be sufficient to give you more than enough power to hit the longball? I guess I’m not seeing clearly how piling on the muscle from steroids, to an already musclebound frame, makes such a big difference in HR hitting.
I see the all time HR leader is Hank Aaron, with 755. Wow! Googling for him turns up images of an athletic, relatively lean-looking dude by today’s standards. What was so special about Hank that he blasted so many home runs? Also, are there players around today with analogous physiques and styles who are similarly effective?