Why are Baseball fans addicted to HR's?

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Why are baseball fans becoming more addicted to the HR?

In baseball there are basics that have a long history throughout all athletic sporting events. Perhaps one of the most thrilling and fan oriented aspects of the game is the art of hitting. Also there has been a shift from hitting for a high average, with the style and finesse of a player like Ichiro Suzuki who is one of the better hitters of the last decade. To more exhilarating players such as Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, and Robinson Cano who not only strive to have a high batting average but place their name in the history of baseball with monstrous homeruns and unreal slugging percentages. Baseball fans addicted to HR's (Homeruns), have been evidenced by the recent steroids era that has been snubbed by MLB & the Mitchell report containing names of players who have illegally "juiced" steroids to gain an unfair advantage. As Jose Canseco states in his book, the pressure to perform by hitting ridiculous amounts of homeruns has pressured players; both pitchers and hitters into gaining advantages outside of "old school" training. Baseball fans addicted to HR's has been entertaining and helps sell television time and tickets to the ballpark, proves it all about money. Unfortunately all this comes at the cost of the players health, poor financial decisions of retired players (i.e. Lenny Dysktra, who recently filed for bankruptcy), and broken records that are in the record books followed by an (*). Players who look only to hit homeruns have multiple implications on their teammates, they strikeout more swinging for the fences, they tend to be more self-centered and cause strife among their teammates (i.e. Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, San Francisco Giants). Baseball is a team sport, thats what I've been taught since I first started playing as a child, I continue to believe it to this day and MLB (Major League Baseball) players should be contributing to that fact not striving to break records, build themselves up, but to win games as a team and make it further as a franchise. Ken Griffey Jr. is a perfect example of a model player who was team focused, and also was a fan favorite, even though he never made it to the World Series, his place in the record books, fans memories, and the hall of fame will always last. The rising popularity of the Homerun Derby game before the All-star game is a great event for the fans and by no means should be altered but it shows how baseball fans have become used to Homeruns overtaking the game of baseball. According to Wiki Answers:"In the 2010 regular season, 4613 ... 2404 in the National League and 2209 in the American League." Recently due to the amazing feats and improvements of pitching the home run total have seen a decline, but as noted above the totals are still a very high number. Finally, Homeruns like every good thing are good in realistic quantities but there comes a time when they become "too much of a good thing".

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