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Former major league pitcher John Rocker has come out publicly against Bug Selig and Major League Baseball. On an Atlanta radio station, Rocker said that he had taken steroids in 2000 and Bud Selig was well aware of it and did nothing to stop it. He also said Selig is often seen in a glorious image trying to clean up baseball, but is a completely different behind closed doors.
More important, Rocker referred to his time with the Texas Rangers. When there in 2002, he was talked to by team doctors with Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez, and Alex Rodriguez about steroid use. Apparently, they were instructing the players how to properly use the steroids and keep it low-profile.
According to Rocker, the doctors said:
“Look guys, if you take one kind of steroid, you don’t triple stack them and take them 10 months out of the year like Lyle Alzado did,” Rocker said the doctors told them. “If you do it responsibly, it’s not going to hurt you.”
My Reaction: Wow, if that’s true, A-Rod sure has a lot of explaining to do. Supposedly if Jose Canseco ever finishes his book, he’ll come out with some dirt on A-Rod. Could this be the dirt or just the tip of the iceberg? Either way, John Rocker certainly added an interesting dynamic to an already confusing situation. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Congressional hearings as Sports of Boston will be covering the event all day long.