Monday, September 10, 2007

From the MLB steroid files...

Now I'm not much for patting myself on the back and this one really isn't even worth bending my knuckles to type it out; but the sports journalist in me (this is to not so cleverly point out that journalists would cut off their green pinky toe for a good negative story any day) can't help but point you to an old post of mine in which I named 50 MLB players that may have did "that stuff."

And planted firmly on that list are two guys that are wearing steroid bullseyes on their backs right now... Mr. Troy Glaus and Mr. Jay "Muscles" Gibbons. That's right... they really did call him "Muscles" a few years ago in Baltimore. Then, two or three years ago, he reported to spring training having lost 20 or so pounds to be a trimmer outfielder. Sure...

While the closest thing to a power surge for Glaus was an inrease of 18 HRs from 1999 to 2000 (which actually pretty significant), Gibbons' career has been marked by injuries (big, quick muscles and no stretchy equals injuries folks!) and jumps in HR totals followed by a recent steep decline the past two years. The once promising lefty is currently hitting a whopping .230 with 6 HRs. His slugging percentage is an abysmal .348, way down from his career high of .516 he put up in 2005. Gibbons has played just three full seasons out of a seven year career.

But hey, don't throw that steroid dart just yet; this is just the tip of the iceberg. There's bigger fish to fry than Glaus, of course with the exclusion of Bonds who everyone knows is guilty as sin.

2 comments:

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) We'll truly be happy when mellon head is finally implicated as a 'user'. Amazing that the face of steroid usage has escaped being caught.

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