Hey, I figured that since these guys will never make the Hall of Fame (Except for Pudge) 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 the way these guys went about getting the records was unsportsmanlike. The AnabolicEnergy did work, but in the end it leaves a black mark on sports history.
If I forgot anybody, please comment after you read.
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 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.
Second Base, Brett Boone
Here is why I think Boone used, how could a 5-foot-10, 180-pound second baseman who hit a total of 62 home runs in his first six seasons somehow blast 37 dingers and lead the league in RBIs (141) with a .331 average at age 32? I will tell you how, oh wait no I can’t because it is impossible.
Shortstop, Miguel Tejada
Tejada was maybe the best shortstop in the game during a five-year stretch 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 he is also stupid.
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.
Catcher, Ivan Rodriguez
It has never been proven Rodriguez has used, but looking at his body from year to year leads me to the conclusion that he did. Plus the fact that 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.
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.
Designated Hitter, David Ortiz
He was busted in 2009 and acted like he didn’t think anyone would care, he was wrong.
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 of anyone named above nor is this investigative journalism.