With the I guess somewhat shocking news that A-Roid err A-Rod tested positive and used a banned substance between the years of 2001-2003, that got me thinking.
Which other current MLB players have used steroids recently and could be one of the other 103 players? Besides A-Roid, I have a few names here who can/could fit the bill. Some of them obvious (Miguel Tejada), some of them not so much (Jay Buhner).
Again, this is all speculation, and I'm sure after reading this, some of this will make sense and some of this will certainly raise some eyebrows.
This comes as no surprise at all. From the 2000 season until the conclusion of the 2004 season, Tejada was obviously one of the best shortstops and players in the game. For those selective years, he averaged 30 HR, 100 RBI, 100 R, and an average that was well over .270.
However, after that, he dropped off and dropped off big time. His season high for HR was 26 and he has only come close to 100 RBI once in the 4 years since. Did I mention he lied about his age and is OLDER than he actually was? Who the hell does that? And even last year, he was all the way down to 13 HR while still playing in 158 games. One word comes to mind and that word is STEROIDS.
This one right here hurts me and hurts me deeply. The reason I say this is because he was a Red Sox and at one point was my favorite Red Sox. Again, with Nomar, the evidence is way way to thick. After a stellar first two seasons in the big leagues with at least 30 HR and a .300 + BA, everyone figured Nomar was going to have a HOF type career.
After this was when his career started to go down hill. The next two years he only averaged a 137 games. He still however managed over 100 RBI and 20 HR while still maintaining a .300 BA.
Then, of course, came two injury plagued years and him becoming a huge baby in the town of Boston. The ROID rage took over him and along with the SI cover jink, his career was ruined. Everything made him furious and he just didn't like being here. This was really too bad. Its not a coincidence that I picked this picture either...
Is it something in the Oakland A's water or...? Regardless, Eric Chavez was one of the best up and coming prospects at the hot corner since Brooks Robinson. He had it all. Glove and power among the two of them. 29 HR 100 RBI and 90 R a year, he was one of the best players in the game.
However, something happened with him and it happened fast. He immediately lost his power and wasn't able to keep himself on the field. In the last 3 seasons he has maxed out at 22 HR and has only played close to 250 games.
Not to mention, have you looked at him lately? He once looked jacked and muscled out. Now he looks out of shape and again another case of steroids. Too too bad.
If this isn't another clear and obvious case of ROIDS, I don't know what is. This guy was a decent to pretty good regular at BEST. Then out of no where from 1999- 2003, he started to average 27 HR and 100 RBI.
Oh yeah, let's not forget the out-of-nowhere 57 HR. After that career best year of 2001, he had his total cut in half, all the way down to 29. After that, there was a continous drop off. His last 100 RBI season was all the way back in 2003...
One of the most popular Mariners of all time and easily one of the most feared sluggers in the mid to late 1990s. There is one problem I have with big Jay. I want to know how he became a regular in 1991 and was a 26 year old who hit 27 HR.
Next year was 25 HR in 20 less games than the year before. His first year over 30 HR was in 1995 as a 30 year old and he hit 40! FORTY HOME RUNS! And this was after a 21 HR season the year before. He had 3 consecutive 40 HR seasons which is fine but then he dropped down all the way to 15.
Again, with him, the evidence is written on the wall.