The ball was also hard to hit because pitchers could manipulate it before a pitch. For example, the spitball pitch was permitted in baseball until 1921. Pitchers often marked the ball, scuffed it, spat on it—anything they could to influence the ball's motion. This made the ball "dance" and curve much more than it does now, making it more difficult to hit. Tobacco juice was often added to the ball as well, which discolored it. This made the ball difficult to see, especially since baseball parks did not have lights until the late 1930s. This made both hitting and fielding more difficult.
HCG is a highly beneficial hormone in fertility stimulation and in the treatment of low testosterone. In fact, it is rapidly becoming an integral part of many low testosterone treatment plans. For the anabolic steroid user, the performance enhancing athlete, HCG can be beneficial but it can also be damaging. Many get very carried away with on cycle use and lead themselves to an early low testosterone condition. Granted, most men will benefit from testosterone therapy at some point in their life regardless, but many steroid users end up requiring sooner and often due to improper HCG use. The hormone can be beneficial but use must be kept moderate and monitored.
I’m hoping this is the year Edgar Martinez makes it. I’ve voted for him for years, and DH or not, he’s a perfect example of the need to reward excellence. As a pure hitter he was one of the best ever, as pitchers who faced him will be the first to tell you. I feel the same about relievers. Yes, the job has changed since Goose Gossage and Bruce Sutter and Rollie Fingers, but it’s no less important, as we’re seeing every postseason. And while saves shouldn’t be the most important factor, it’s hard to deny that Trevor Hoffman’s 602 saves aren’t a standard of excellence. My problem is that if you vote for Hoffman, how do you not vote for Billy Wagner, who was more dominant in every way except for his save total?