Thursday, May 17, 2007

New doping scandal hits baseball

A former clubhouse employee of the New York Mets has pleaded guilty to distributing performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of major league players and is cooperating with baseball's steroids investigation. Kirk Radomski, who worked for the Mets from 1985-1995 admitted to providing anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, Clenbuterol, amphetamines and other drugs to “dozens of current and former Major League Baseball players, and associates, on teams throughout Major League Baseball.”

Insiders are saying that this scandal will be larger than BALCO, which itself snared baseball stars such as Jose Cansenco, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Rafael Palmiero. Radomski was quoted to have told police that if they thought the allegations in Jose Canseco's book were explosive, “they would be blown away” by what he could report.

The anticipation of finding out which Mets players were juicing is killing me. There’s no shortage of potential candidates considering that Mets rosters back then were littered with thugs and criminals. Who isn’t expecting Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden to be named in this scandal? Although the chances of Doc and Straw getting off are pretty good. The “I snorted everything in sight without regard” defense should prove to be iron clad.

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