Jays’ Glaus received anabolic steroids

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Man, when this steroid news comes, it comes in waves. I woke up this morning to hear that Rick Ankiel was connected to HGH. The news saddened me, as it did much of the baseball world. Ankiel’s story is unique, and save for Cubs fans, nearly everyone has wished him the best in his comeback. I’m not quite sure how this will affect his future, but since the drug wasn’t banned at the time Ankiel was linked to it, he could walk away with little or no penalty.

Troy Glaus surely won’t get off that easy. The Blue Jays slugger has been linked to performance enhancing drugs. This wasn’t HGH like Ankiel — which, incidentally, might not enhance one’s ability to play baseball much. Rather, Glaus has been linked to nandrolone and testosterone, both anabolic steroids, both banned by baseball at the time they were shipped to Glaus: September 2003 and May 2004.

Glaus’s 2003 campaign ended in late July as he suffered from shoulder woes. He came back for the beginning of the 2004 season and tore the cover off the ball, keeping his OPS healthily above 1.000 until he went down again in mid-May, missing most of the next three and a half months, returning in late August.

So let’s recap. Glaus has season-ending surgery in July ’03. So you figure he started rehabbing in, oh, I don’t know, September. Then he suffers another injury in May of ’04. What were those shipment dates again?

Now, the Sports Illustrated article assures us that they can only confirm that the steroids were shipped to Glaus’s home, not that he actually took them. Whew! Sigh of relief. You know, because I know plenty of meatheads who buy steroids all the time and don’t use them. The syringes make great wall decorations, and the drugs themselves are great for training your Doberman to kill on command.

So it appears that Glaus was likely on the juice during the Angels’ 2002 World Series run. You know, the one where he knocked three homers against the Yanks? Then again, we have little room to talk. No doubt our resident Juicer shot himself up before knocking two homers off Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

I’m willing to bet that Selig jumps on this opportunity and attempts to levy a 50-game suspension on Glaus. And we sure as shit know that the players’ union will have a thing or two to say about that.

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  • Jamie

    i hope our resident juicer just received another shipment before this roadtrip… guy has been garbage as of late..

  • steve (different one)

    i’d guess there were several juicers on the 2002 yankees.

    • dan

      im just curious, who do you think they might have been?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

        My take on that question:

        Soriano, Mondesi, Giambi, Nick Johnson, Shane Spencer, Ron Coomer, Karim Garia, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Ted Lilly, Steve Karsay, Jeff Weaver.

        Note that this is pure speculation, and goes with my line of thought that a huge number of players took steroids at one point or another.

        I’m also side-stepping an accusation for Posada, Jeter, Bernie, Mussina, and other long-time guys, because of an obvious bias. Who knows if they used them. It might sound like sacrelige, but Bernabe has to be suspected.

        • dan

          i cant see soriano, nick johnson, lilly or weaver from that list. the others sit more easily with me (clemens and pettitte only because theyvre been named by someone previously)

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

            I can see Johnson for sure. Highly touted prospect in the Yankees system during the height of the steroid era. So there’s an incredible pressure to perform.

            I think that his rash of injuries could have been the fallout of years of steroid abuse. Steroids help muscles recover faster (as in the case of Glaus, who fucked up his rotator cuff and labrum muscles), but they do no good — and actually do harm — for ligaments, tendons, and bones.

  • steve (different one)

    Giambi for sure.

    i’d be shocked if one of Shane Spencer, Karim Garcia, or Raul Mondesi weren’t users.

    in that era, i wouldn’t be surprised if every team in baseball had 5-10 users.

  • rbizzler

    A better question is how many Angels from that over-glorified 2002 team where on the juice. The new information on Glaus certainly taints a championship that was won by a team characterized as hard workers who ‘played the game the right way.’ In addition to Glaus, I am assuming Speizio was juiced and maybe Adam Kennedy as well. You’d have to figure some of those scrap heap, flash in the pan relievers were hopped up. Ben Weber anyone?

    And Sori on the juice, say it ain’t so.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    The thing that confuses me is that Glaus has always raked. He raked in HS, he raked at UCLA, he raked in the minors, and he raked in the bigs. When did he start juicing, at age 14?

    • Malcard89

      thats true about glaus raking, but even sheffield and bonds were tremendous athletes when they came up, and they took it anyway. its a shame that we’ll never know exactly how many numbers were tainted, or even still are being tainted, and this ankiel/glaus story just reminded us the unprofessionalism that still exists in baseball.

      there are still so many names we can throw out, especially those with breakout years, and we’ll never know who did what. gary matthews? ryan howard? maybe albert pujols, a nobody in college that all of a sudden became one of the top 3 players in baseball? by no means are these accusations, its just a random throwout of names that simply means that a breakout year (or breakout career) now always has suspicion attached to it.

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  • Barry

    more of the same, too bad its too late.

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