Now that the Mitchell Report list is out, it's interesting to see how many of the implicated players are pitchers. A lot of the chatter surrounding the report's release has focused on the McGwire/Bonds/Sosa/Palmeiro types, who everyone was afraid were cheapening the record books with their power output a few years back.
But assuming the Mitchell Report encompasses a representative sample of steroid users during that period, those hitters were facing more than a few juiced-up fastballs. Full list is below, with pitchers in bold:
Gary Bennett Jr.
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Paul Lo Duca
Gary Matthews Jr.
28 out of 82 (or 34%) are pitchers. Given that pitchers make up 11 out of 25 (or 44% of) roster spots on most teams, that's a lot closer to juicing parity than you'd think based on the media coverage. And of course of the biggest new names outted by the Mitchell Report, three (Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Eric Gagne) are pitchers.
None of this excuses the big-name sluggers who juiced. But it does point out that all numbers from the steroid era need to be adjusted for context, not jut power numbers. Maybe that will end up being the Mitchell Report's real legacy.