The Perfect Nine: MLB's Greatest "Clean" Hitters of the Steroids Era

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The Perfect Nine: MLB's Greatest

Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Miguel Tejada, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and Alex Rodriguez are some of the biggest names in baseball history that have been linked to steroid use.

Some have been caught, others have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, and only a few have apologized and asked for forgiveness.

You can believe me or call me dishonest, but not every player in Major League Baseball has done steroids—that is my opinion, and I am sticking to it.

But before I present the perfect nine and honor the greatest "clean" hitters of the steroid era, I must offer a disclaimer. When this slideshow is over, you'll find yourself wondering where the three-time National League MVP that was selected by ESPN.com as the greatest player from 2000-2009 is.

You'll find yourself asking the question, why isn't Albert Pujols on this list? Did I miss something? Was his name mentioned in the Mitchell Report? Has he been caught?

No, you haven't missed anything, but I do not believe Pujols is clean. I have no evidence against him (except for his body transformation) and no proof he'll ever get caught.

It's simply a gut feeling, and there is no changing my opinion.

However, the same will never be said about future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. and the other players on this list.

Steroids and Griffey will never be mentioned in the same sentence, and that's how it should be.

In honor of "The Kid," who said goodbye to us all a few days ago, here are the nine hitters who, when asked the question, "Got Juice?" replied with a simple "No" and still had stellar careers.

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