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Can't shake the signs

Just when MLB thought it was in the clear, the PED problem is back

Originally Published: March 8, 2013
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

IN THE 118 YEARS from 1876 to 1994 -- spanning the end of Reconstruction and the waging of two world wars and the cold one -- the 50-homer mark was reached in a single season 18 times among 11 players. In the 13 seasons from 1995 to 2007 -- the year the Mitchell report was released and baseball finally had to confront the drug problem that fueled the record books and the turnstiles and the cynicism -- the same home run mark was attained 23 times among 14 players.

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