Monday, October 3, 2011

AJ Gilpin Blog #10

October 2
DE VANY, ARTHUR. "STEROIDS AND HOME RUNS." Economic Inquiry 49.2 (2011): 489-511. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 3 Oct. 2011.
Online Article

Reading Notes
Strong response Notes
“What was homerun hitting like before there were steroids? What is it like now that there is some evidence of steroid use? In a nutshell, the answer is that
there are no differences”
Strong quote
“Steroids do not come into the
picture, nor is there any need to invoke explanations
that go beyond the natural variation of
home run hitting, at bats, chance, and the laws
of extreme human accomplishment.”
Good quote
The maximum homeruns in a season has only gone up a few homeruns since the 1960s
Good information of why steroids have little change in baseball.

Strong Response Summary
I really liked this article. My original research question delt with the positive or negative effects steroids would have on professional sports. This article gave me a different perspective. With all the charts and data on homeruns per year, it is possible that steroids have shown little to no effect on performance in professional baseball. I need to research into this more and maybe find some articles that show some kind of effect on performance. Overall I can use this article and enjoyed it.

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