Position(s) : 1B
Stats : .297 BA 2314 H 449 HR 1529 RBI
Career : 1991-2005
Team(s) : Astros
Accomplishments : 4x All-Star, 3x Silver Slugger, 1x Gold Glove, 1x MVP
Jeff Bagwell never popped up on any list nor was he mentioned in any of Jose Canseco's books, but a cloud of doubt hovers over his career. For what ever reason, Hall of Fame voters hold his friendship with Ken Caminiti against him and the fact that he played for a known steroid hotbed of an organization for his entire career. Bagwell put up monster numbers and played a superb first base (.993 Fielding %) for most of his time in Houston. Bagwell made history during the 1994 strike-shortened season. He became the first National Leaguer to finish first or second in batting average, home runs, RBI, and runs scored since Willie Mays in 1955. Bags is also one of four infielders (Ian Kinsler, Alfonso Soriano, and Howard Johnson) in MLB history who have had multiple 30/30 seasons as of 2011. Many point to his muscular physique during his playing days, his sudden breakdown and the way he looks after retiring as tell-tale signs that he was a juicer. He's the only true question mark on this list. No evidence, just speculation.
Help I have a friend who is a gym goer Im not sure of his quantity or how long he has been taking steroids, but stopped recently because he had really bad neck pain. No dr or scan, ultrasound etc showed anything. Put on huge pain killer amounts didnt help alot but felt after about six weeks some relief. Until today when he thinks a prior knee issue has flared up. If this a result of steroid abuse how long before it heals? Im pretty sure he wont touch them again. He can handle all over aches and pains but these last two injuries have had him off work.
Richard Pound , chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a partner in the Canadian law firm Stikeman Elliott, says: "The use of performance-enhancing drugs is not accidental; it is planned and deliberate with the sole objective of getting an unfair advantage. I don't want my kids, or your kids, or anybody's kids to have to turn themselves into chemical stockpiles just because there are cheaters out there who don't care what they promised when they started to participate. I don't want my kids in the hands of a coach who would encourage, condone or allow the use of drugs among his or her athletes."