Monday, October 19, 2009

Obvious Steroids User 10/19/09

As we have seen in the past, one weirdo fluke season is more than enough for induction to the OSUC (ahem... Adrian Beltre). This week is no different as I take the time to welcome BERNARD GILKEY to the prestigious OSU Club.

A St. Louis native himself, Gilkey signed with the Cardinals out of college and played his first six years with the club. During that time, he put up a .292 BA/ .354 OBP/ .431 SLG% line while cracking a mere 52 home runs. Apparently, he really enjoyed not hitting the long ball.

Then, after the 1995 season, he was traded to the New York Mets for Ryan Ludwick's brother. In his first full season in Flushing, he put up this line: 30 HR/ 117 RBI/ .317 AVG/ .393 OBP/ .562 SLG% in 153 games. Every number in that previous sentence was a career high. He rode his career year to a very respectable 14th place in the MVP vote.

There was really no explanation for this jump in production from '95 to '96. If you look at this very easy to read chart, you can see that Shea and Old Busch had virtually the same park factor. So the move from St. Louis to New York wasn't like going from PETCO to Coors.

And there is no significant difference between the 1996 Mets line-up versus the 1995 Cardinals that would have resulted in him getting different pitches. Both teams sucked pretty badly.

These factors lead an idiot like me to simply conclude that obviously Bernard Gilkey used steroids in 1996. By 2001, he was out of baseball since his production fell like a lemming off a cliff.

However, in actuality, I really wanted to take this post to commerate two awesome things about Gilkey.

One, he was the outfielder shown during the Shea Stadium scene in Men In Black. (He is donked on the head with a pop fly)

And two, I wanted to run this sweet picture of Gilkey in New York's terrible ice cream unis:


Awesome.

Anyways, welcome to the club, Bernard and your 1996 14th place MVP campaign.

2 comments:

  1. This is my favorite OSU yet. Not only did it have an excel spreadsheet attached (my main reason for liking it), it was about a player that 6 people in the world know.

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  2. The 1996 Mets were way worse simply because they had Todd Hundley. He also possibly did steroids.

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