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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / MLB All-Time Steroid Team: Position by position, with a Few Backups

MLB All-Time Steroid Team: Position by position, with a Few Backups

The Juice Squad
Publish Date: 04/28/2023
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

Hey, I figured that since these guys will never make the Hall of Fame (Except for Pudge and Ortiz), and they shouldn’t, maybe we should honor them for at least bringing baseball back to national prominence in the mid to late 90s. You got to admit it was fun watching Sosa and McGwire hit towering home runs. But, in retrospect, it was not worth it. Baseball is a game of records and accomplishments, and how these guys got the records was unsportsmanlike. The AnabolicEnergy did work, but in the end, it left a black mark on sports history.

First Base, Mark McGwire

The shame of the McGwire situation is that major league baseball has still let him work as a coach. McGwire and Sosa went on the great home run chase of 1998, which from all reports made Barry Bonds jealous and led him to bulk up also. McGwire did admit to using steroids off and on during the entire decade of the 90s. He also said that he didn’t need steroids to help to hit home runs. I know he didn’t to hit home runs, but he needed them to hit over 60 in a season.

Video: McGwire Tells AP He Used Steroids

McGwire Tells AP He Used Steroids

Backup First Baseman, Rafael Palmeiro

There were so many memorable scenes I could have included here, but my most vivid memory will always be Palmeiro defiantly waving his finger to Congress, when questioned about his steroid use.

What makes him even worse is that he fabricated allegations about one of his teammates being shot with B12 vitamins, suggesting they thought someone else might have done it to him.

Video: 08-03-05- Rafael Palmeiro Never did steroids... today

08-03-05- Rafael Palmeiro Never did steroids… today

 

Second Base Brian Roberts

No matter how often he did it, he still made this list. As featured in the Mitchell Report and having admitted to using drugs himself.

Video: Roberts: 'I Hope My Fans Can Forgive Me'

Roberts: ‘I Hope My Fans Can Forgive Me’

Shortstop, Miguel Tejada

Tejada was maybe the best shortstop in the game during five years from 2000-04. He hit over 30 home runs in four out of those five seasons, he also led the majors with 150 RBIs in 2004 and won the 2002 MVP.

Video: Tejada Charged With Lying About Steroids

Tejada Charged With Lying About Steroids

Backup Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra

Pictures of him flexing on the cover of Sports Illustrated while with the Red Sox made clear his change from when he first started out as a skinny young player to when his body began breaking down like an abandoned vehicle was telling.

Video: Nomar Garciaparra: The Rise & Fall

Nomar Garciaparra: The Rise & Fall

Third Base, Alex Rodriguez

Rodriguez continued to deny the steroid allegations until he finally admitted he did use them. His excuse made him look even look dumber if that was even possible.

Video: A-Rod admits using steroids

A-Rod admits using steroids

Right Field, Sammy Sosa

Sosa has never admitted guilt, but I don’t think there is any doubt that he is guilty. Too bad for Sosa that in 2003 he tested positive for steroid use, but no he never used steroids!

Video: Sammy Sosa Still Denies Steroid Use Thirteen Years After Retiring

Sammy Sosa Still Denies Steroid Use Thirteen Years After Retiring

Center Field, Barry Bonds

For all those that think he is innocent because he was never caught and never admitted he did it you are wrong. Bonds admitted in court to using “the cream,” and “the clear.” The sad thing about Bonds is he was a Hall of Famer before steroid use, but most people will believe he was a Hall of Famer because of steroids.

Video: Barry Bonds Before And After Steroids

Barry Bonds Before And After Steroids

Left Field, Manny Ramirez

No doubt Ramirez used steroids. He failed the test not once but twice. So I guess you could say he is not only a cheater but also stupid.

Video: Baseball's Most Notorious Drug Dealer

Baseball’s Most Notorious Drug Dealer

Starting Pitcher, Roger Clemens

Clemens denied ever using steroids. The problem is we don’t even know how long Clemens may have used steroids. He went from being considered maybe the greatest pitcher in baseball history to being the biggest cheater.

Video: Roger Clemens Admits to Steroid Use!

Roger Clemens Admits to Steroid Use!

Catcher, Ivan Rodriguez

It has never been proven Rodriguez has used it, but looking at his body from year to year leads me to the conclusion that he did. Plus, he hit over 20 home runs, just five times in his entire career. Guess which five seasons those were? Not Surprisingly, they all came in consecutive seasons with the Rangers after playing three years with Mr.Steroid himself Jose Canseco. His 35-homer, 113-RBI MVP season is a clear outlier as Canseco claimed to have personally taught Rodriguez about steroid use. He never topped 30 home runs or 100 RBIs in any other season. Yes as I write this he has been elected to the Hall of Fame, I agree with all of this may be just circumstantial evidence, but if you ask me it all adds up to one simple conclusion.

Video: Ivan Rodriguez talks about new book, steroids denial

Ivan Rodriguez talks about new book, steroids denial

Relief Pitcher, Eric Gagne

The Mitchell report named Gagne, and when you look at the fact that he averaged 50 saves in the 2003 and 2004 season, and then suddenly dropped off, I think it’s safe to say he was using.

Video: Eric Gagne Book Reveals Steroids on Dodgers

Eric Gagne Book Reveals Steroids on Dodgers

 

Designated Hitter, David Ortiz

He was busted in 2009 and acted like he didn’t think anyone would care, he was wrong.

Video: Ortiz tests positive

Ortiz tests positive

Bench

We can’t leave Rafael Palmero off the team, can we? Plus, who could forget Brady Anderson? Anderson was the greatest example of what steroids can do for a player. In Anderson’s previous eight years in MLB, he had never hit more than 21 Home Runs in a season, then 1996 came, and Anderson somehow magically hit 50 Home Runs. He said it was from lifting weights! Sure, Brady, that’s what it was. Plus, we can’t ignore the King of Steroids, Jose Canseco. Unfortunately for Jose, even with steroids, he was not good enough to make the list.

Note: This was done simply for fun and was not intended to cast official judgment on anyone.

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