There are a lot of players still active and retired that are “alleged” juicers and they have all had big impacts, either positively or negatively affected the game. Steroids were a huge part of baseball in the 1990’s and still to this day there are always reports of some super star taking or allegedly taking enhancers. Here is a list of the top ten juicers from the 1990’s steroid era.
10. Miguel Tejada. One of the premier shortstops in the game awhile ago has been accused of taking illegal substances in his home country of the Dominican Republic. Ever since the reports came out, his production has gone down a little bit. Coincidence?
9. Jason Giambi. He admitted to using steroids as a member of the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees. He has since signed a small contract with the Rockies as a pinch hitter and will soon fizzle out of the game.
8. Sammy Sosa. Although no reports have officially linked one of the 5 players in history with 600 home runs, the fact that he played and excelled more than anyone in the steroid riddled 1990’s have but his records up for questioning. Not to mention that “accidental” corked bat incident.
7. Mann Ramirez. The most recent super star to be caught using an illegal substance, although his was not steroids, the substance is often used to bring down a user from using steroids so he does not go through with drawl. After he came back from the 50 game suspension, he continued his great productivity for the Dodgers. He will soon eclipse the 600 home run mark.
6. Rafael Palmeiro. “I did not take steroids.” Palmeiro was adamant in his Congressional hearing that he did not take any steroids…until he tested positive for illegal substances in his final season in the majors.
5. Roger Clemens. The most successful pitcher in our generation has been accused by his former trainer, Brian McNamee, of take HGH in which he supplied him. His training partner was his best friend Andy Pettitte admitted to using the substance but Clemens feels that his reputation and legacy is more important than the truth more than likely.
4. Mark McGwire. McGwire recently admitted to taking illegal substances in his return to the majors as a pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. Although he fell less than 20 home runs short of 600, he may never get into the Hall of Fame.
3. Alex Rodriguez. Probably the biggest celebrity in the game today admitted to using illegal substances while he was a Texas Ranger in order to live up to the pressure associated with the big contract he received. Much has been forgiven, but 5 years after he retires we’ll see if the sports writers are so forgiving.
2. Barry Bonds. The all-time home run leader is officially retired from the game and has been accused of taking steroids since 2003 when he broke the single season home run record. His records still stand with an asterisk and the Hall of Fame is a 50/50 shot.
1. Jose Canseco. Years after his retirement, Canseco remains the focal point of the steroid conversation. Players and media alike called him out on being a whistle blower and a tattle tale, but as more and more people are being accused and confessing to allegations, maybe his radical tales aren’t too tall after all.