Baseball's Steroid Witch Hunt: 10 Players Who May Have Been on the Juice
With the recent discovery that the beloved A-Rod was one on steroids at the beginning of the century, I have come up with my unbiased list of possible players, both active and former, who I believe have showed significant evidence in their statistics that they may have been on steroids. My ranking is completely based on judgment and statistical evidence. Based on former players who have admitted to using steroids, it has been shown that once off, players usually decline significantly in power stats, and usual have many injuries. So, here is my list of players who I believe have taken steroids.
1. Richie Sexson
He may just be lazy, but it's hard not to judge the lack of production Sexson has given us since leaving the Brewers in 2003. True, he has hit more than 30 home runs two of the years with the Mariners, but he has been plagued by injuries, and any time there is a huge power drop with multiple injuries, steroids usually come into the conversation.
2. Kevin Brown
After scoring one the biggest free-agent contracts of his time signing with the Los Angelas Dodgers in 1999, Brown had two great seasons, going 31-15, around a 3.00 ERA and 220 K's. Following those two years though, Brown battled injuries each of the next four years, and never won 15 games again. I suspected him of using steroids even before all of the steroid accusations came out based on how much muscle he put on.
3. Andruw Jones
He had never had more than 40 home runs in a season until he hit 51 for the Braves in '05. He followed that up with a 41 home run season in '06, but then completely fell off the map in '07, batting .222, and .158 in '08, hitting a combined 29 home runs in both seasons. He may just be getting fat, but steroids have come into my mind when talking about Andruw Jones.
4. Bret Boone
He had only hit more than 20 home runs once in his career (1998 with the Cincinatti Reds hitting 24) before busting out with 37 home runs in 2001 with the Seattle Mariners. He had two more good years, before completely falling off the face of the earth in 2005, playing only 88 games in the big leagues and hasn't played since.
5. Nomar Garciaparra
I don't know why, but a career of injuries (has never played a full season) and 150+ games only three times, plus a complete fall off in production equals to me possible steroid use.
6. Mike Piazza
Had a string of 30+ home runs for the Mets between 1999 and 2003. Never hit 25 again. Failed to play in 130 games in any year following. So many players during that time frame have been linked to steroids. Piazza is a good guy, but many others were too.
7. Ivan Rodriguez
Has already been linked to steroids, which he has denied. Played on the Texas team that included roiders A-Rod and Palmeiro. Didn't help that he dropped a ton of weight following the Congressional hearings.
8. Hank Blalock
Also played on the Texas teams with A-Rod and Palmeiro. Had a string of 29-32-25 home runs between '03 and '06 followed by a ton of injuries and hasn't reached 20 home runs since.
9. Juan Gonzalez
Also played on the Texas teams with A-Rod and Palmeiro. A lot of power throughout his career followed by a steep drop of during Congressional hearings.
10. Jim Thome
A look at the top 5 home run hitters of 2002:
1. Alex Rodriguez- Steroids
2. Jim Thome
3. Sammy Sosa- Not proven, but probably steroids
4. Barry Bonds- Steroids
5. Rafael Palmeiro- Steroids
8. Jason Giambi- Steroids
I hope Thome has not taken steroids, but as a slugger of the steroids era, could definitely be true.