Not the Normal Education Post
I have stepped out of my world as an English teacher and attempted some math. The reason: BARRY BONDS. I happen to like Bonds, even if he did rub some flaxseed oil on his muscles to get them bigger.
I compared Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, and Babe Ruth. I looked at their hitting average, on base percentage, and something I've never seen a statistic for. This was the math portion. I looked at each players' respective playing years and found out what percentage of the overall Major League Baseball homerun total each player had for each year. Here are my findings:
Name: Batting Average* On-Base Percentage* Homerun Percentage
Aaron .305 .374 .013
Bonds** .301 .439 .008
Ruth .342 .469 .036
* From mlb.com
** Through 2005
Here's my analysis. Babe Ruth was and still is the greatest hitter to ever play the game. He has a better batting average, a higher on-base percentage, and is far above the other two in terms of the overall percentage of homeruns. Second, Barry Bonds, whether he was on steroids or not, actually had the lowest overall percentage of homeruns for his era. So get off his back. The steroids didn't help him that much.