Alex Rodriguez admits to using steroids from 2001 through 2003. He was on a list of 104 players who tested positive in 2003. So his name is out, but what about the other 103. Can we expect any other big names? Any other players that will shock us?
For the Mets fans out there, will we see any big Mets players of the present or past?
I sure hope not. Lets go through some possible players, that are currently on the Mets or were on the Mets, that may be on the list.
I am going out on a limb with some of the players. I am also usually just comparing home runs because if you look at A-Rod's stats, from '01-'03, home runs is what jumps out the most.
A-Rod admitted to using steroids from 2001 to 2003, so lets check out those years for Carlos Delgado.
Delgado played in every game in 2001 with 574 at bats (the most in his career besides last season). In '01 he had 156 hits and he score 102 runs, with 31 doubles and 39 home runs. Carlos had 102 RBI. This was a pretty good season for Carlos, but definitely not his best.
In 2002, Delgado only played in 143 games and with that—all of his stats dropped.
In 2003, Delgado played in 161 games with 570 at bats. His stats rose significantly from '02 with 117 runs, 172 hits, 38 doubles, 42 home runs and 145 RBI.
I am only showing these stats because these are the years A-Rod admitted to, so if Carlos Delgado did take steroids he theoretically could have taken them earlier in his career.
These numbers don't exactly raise a red flag in anyone's eyes about steroids. Maybe the fact that he bounced back in '03 after a bad '02 but this happens all of the time in baseball. So looking at the numbers I would say Delgado is hopefully safe.
Jay Payton played for the Mets from 1998 until midway through the 2002 season.
When Jay was on the Mets, his numbers don't show any significant jumps, but the season after he left the Mets to play for the Rockies.
His home run total jumped from no higher than 17 in his five years with the Mets to 28 home runs. Granted he was playing in the Rockies Mile High Stadium, but this is a significant jump nonetheless.
I have Carlos Beltran in here for one significant jump in his stats. From 2000 to 2001, he went from seven home runs to 24 home runs.
He did play 50 more games in 2001 though and probably gain a lot more confidence as his career was advancing. Carlos Beltran probably never used, but I had him on here just to give the idea.
Edgardo Alfonzo was one of many Mets fan's favorite players, and a lot of us wish we had a second baseman like Edgardo now.
Alfonzo's stats do cause some concern when it comes to whether he will be on the list or not. Alfonzo's home run numbers jump significantly from 1998 to 1999.
In '98 he hit 17 home runs, in '99 he hit 27 and in '00 he hit 25. So his home runs definitely show a rise and steroids could of been a factor.
Many Mets would give an arm for Mike Piazza, but did he use steroids to become the player he was? I sure hope not. Lets look at the stats.
Piazza hit 35 home runs in his first full season and never really slowed down, averaging about 35 home runs a season until 2003.
This looks suspicious because starting in the 2002 season he battled injuries the rest of his career. In 2003 he only played 68 games. In 2004 he got back to full swing and played 129 games, but only hit 20 home runs.
It would probably be said that he had to stop using when the MLB started seriously testing and his career went downhill from that if it was said that he used steroids.
Personally I hope Piazza never used steroids, but you never know.
I just went through a small sample of Mets players that may be on the list, or may have used steroids.
I left out some players that were on the Mitchell Report like Paul Lo Duca and Todd Pratt because I figured everyone knew that already.
I hope no Mets are on the list, I hope no Mets ever used steroids but that is just wishful thinking.
I just hope that they give out the names on the list so everyone will stop worrying about who may or may not be on it.
I don't want to be watching baseball this season and worry about which players I am watching may be on the list. Good Luck to all teams this season.