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The Cheaters Guide to Baseball

By Derek Zumsteg

Ever see Mike Piazza block the plate? Or Derek Jeter slide hard into second? Illegal. But it happens every game. Baseball's rules, it seems, were made to be broken. And they are, consistently and creatively, by the players, the front office, and even sometimes the fans. Like it or not, cheating has been an integral part of America's favourite pastime since its inception. But how do they do it, right before our eyes? The Cheater's Guide to Baseball will show you how cheating is really done. In this lively tour through baseball's underhanded history, readers will learn how to cork a bat, steal signs, hurl a spitball, throw a world series, and win at any cost! In the end, they'll come to understand that cheating is as much a part of baseball as pine tar and pinch hitters. And it's here to stay. The Cheater's Guide to Baseball is essential reading for even the most casual fan.

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On Barry Bonds (page 234)

What we'd expect to see, if a player isn't using or doesn't perform better while on steroids, is that the "on" weeks would look, more or less, like the "off" weeks. If they were on, we'd expect to see not only an increase in performance during the "on" weeks but that the dates we suspect the cycles start on would be fairly tightly grouped.

On Testing the Schedule (page 236)

To test this schedule, I went to Keith Woolner at Baseball Prospectus and had him run it for other Bonds seasons using the detailed game logs. In 1997 and 1998, before Bonds supposedly decided to take up steroids, we find that there are no strong patterns; the difference from even the best candidate dates show about half the difference in power as found in 2002.

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Mitchell Report - 47
Admitted - 16
Implicated By Others - 34
MLB Suspensions - 27
Other - 4
Suspended for non-analytical evidence that player violated MLB drug policy.
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