MLB Players We'll Always Suspect of Using Steroids

Josh Toyofuku@jtoyofuku8Contributor IIIDecember 29, 2011

MLB Players We'll Always Suspect of Using Steroids

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    The Steroid Era.

    That's the tainted name that baseball from the late-1980's through the mid-2000's will have to live under forever.

    Some players like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez have, in some form, admitted to using steroids.

    But there are many other players that have either stayed mum on the subject or even stated they haven't taken steroids while all signs say otherwise.

    Let's take a look at some of those players.

Sammy Sosa

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    In 1998, Sammy Sosa, along with Mark McGwire, chased Roger Maris' single-season record of 61 home runs.

    Sosa ended up hitting 66 home runs after previously averaging 27.9 home runs in his first full seven seasons. After that breakout 1998 season, Sosa hit at least 60 home runs two other times and led the league in home runs twice. He only hit fewer than 35 home runs twice after 1998, those two years being the final two of his career.

    Sosa's name was released in the Mitchell Report, saying he tested positive for an illegal substance in 2003.

Kevin Brown

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    In 1998, righty Kevin Brown signed a huge deal worth $105 million over seven years with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, talk began within the front office that Brown could be juicing—something that could have very likely led to his play before landing the contract.

    In 2004, he had an incident with the New York Yankees in which he punched a clubhouse wall, breaking his left hand. 'Roid rage? 

    I think so.

    Brown was named in the Mitchell Report for being a client of Kirk Radomski from 2001 on and knowing steroids well before ever meeting Radomski.

Juan Gonzalez

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    Juan Gonzalez was a superstar with the Texas Rangers in the 1990's, but it is widely believed that he didn't achieve that status on his own.

    In 1992 and 1993 he led the league in home runs with 43 and 46, respectively. After getting hurt in 1994, he tore up the American League, hitting 128 or more RBI from 1996-1999.

    During his time in Texas, he was teammates with two known steroid users, Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro. Gonzalez's name is among many others in the Mitchell Report as well. 

Brady Anderson

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    After four years of being the Baltimore Orioles' starting center fielder and never hitting more than 21 home runs, Brady Anderson suddenly hit 50 in 1996.

    After that 1996 season, Anderson never hit more than 24 home runs in a single season again.

    No one suddenly more than doubles their home run production in one season and never hits like that again. Plus, he was a leadoff hitter. 

Jeff Bagwell

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    Does that guy right there look like he could average 34 home runs and 115 RBI each season of his 15-year career?

    Not exactly. 

    Jeff Bagwell has always stated that he never took steroids, but the speculation will always follow him, especially after playing multiple seasons with Ken Caminiti, an admitted steroids user, with the Houston Astros.

Roger Clemens

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    Roger Clemens was one of the top pitchers in baseball during his 24-year career.

    But now that it's over, many steroid allegations follow him. 

    He was named a steroid user by Jose Canseco in his book Juiced and was mentioned 82 times in the Mitchell Report. The report stated that Clemens was injected by Brian McNamee during the 1998, 2000 and 2001 seasons. 

    Clemens is currently being charged with three cases of perjury after stating to a Congressional committee that he did not take steroids in 2008.