List of MLB Players Who Have Been Connected to Steroids

For just about two weeks I read an article everyday about how people didn’t care about Alex Rodriguez‘s quest for 600 home runs because he was a cheater (except of course the newspapers cared enough to remind me every day). Now that he’s hit no. 600, at least half of everything I’ve read says that it means nothing because A-Rod used steroids. The Daily News even reminded everyone with a tasteless back cover.

At some level they are right. A-Rod admittedly took steroids for years. My biggest problem with this is that they are singling him out because he’s hitting the most home runs the same way the media blasted Barry Bonds for years. With every article I read the same words pop in to my head over and over, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”

What I mean by that is that sure A-Rod did steroids, but a lot of players did steroids. To single him out for something everybody did is unfair. So I thought, being a good Yankee fan and also having access to a popular Yankee blog that I would take this time to remind everyone that A-Rod isn’t alone.

Here is a list of players who, like A-Rod, decided that it was in their best interest to get a little help.

Here are players named in the Mitchell Report for PED use:

Rickey Bones
Alex Cabrera
Larry Bigbie
Jack Cust
Tim Laker
Todd Hundley
Hal Morris
Mark Carreon
Matt Franco
Rondell White
Chuck Knoblauch
Greg Zaunn
David Justice
F.P. Santangelo
Glenallen Hill
Mo Vaughn
Denny Neagle
Ron Villone
Chris Donnels
Todd Williams
Phil Hiatt
Todd Pratt
Kevin Young
Mike Lansing
Cody McKay
Kent Merker
Adam Piatt
Jason Christiansen
Mike Stanton
Stephen Randolph
Paul Lo Duca
Adam Riggs
Bart Miadich
Fernando Vina
Kevin Brown
Eric Gagne
Mike Bell
Matt Herges
Gary Bennett Jr.
Jim Parque
Brendan Donnelly
Chad Allen
Jeff Williams
Howie Clark
Nook Logan

Here is a list of players suspended by the MLB for PED use:

Jorge Piedra
Agustin Montero
Jamal Strong
Juan Rincon
Rafael Betancourt
Rafael Palmeiro
Ryan Franklin
Mike Morse
Carlos Almanzar
Felix Heredia
Matt Lawton
Yusaku Iriki
Jason Grimsley
Guillermo Mota
Juan Salas
Ryan Jorgensen
Dan Serafini
Eliezer Alfonzo
Humberto Cota
Henry Owens
JC Romero
Sergio Mitre
Kelvin Pichardo
Manny Ramirez

Here is a list of players who have admitted to PED use:

Bobby Estalella
Jason Giambi
Jeremy Giambi
Armando Rios
Benito Santiago
Gary Sheffield
Jose Canseco
Tom House
Wally Joyner
Jim Leyritz
Paxton Crawford
David Segui
John Rocker
Paul Byrd
Shane Monahan

Here is a list of players that in some other way have been implicated with PED use:

Mark McGwire
Manny Alexander
Chuck Finley
Barry Bonds
Marvin Bernard
Randy Velarde
Wilson Alvarez
Bret Boone
Ozzie Canseco
Juan Gonzalez
Dave Martinez
Ivan Rodriguez
Tony Saunders
Miguel Tejada
Lenny Dykstra
Dave Hollins
Roger Clemens
Andy Pettitte
Brian Roberts
Jay Gibbons
Gary Matthews Jr.
Darren Holmes
Rick Ankiel
Troy Glaus
Scott Schoeneweis
Matt Williams
Jose Guillen
Ismael Valdez
Magglio Ordonez
Alex Rodriguez
Mike Piazza
Todd Greene
Sammy Sosa
David Ortiz

Players who used drugs that were legal at the time but have since been banned:

Terrmel Sledge
Derek Turnbow
Rico Brogna
David Bell

After looking at that list, the way I feel is that if A-Rod’s accomplishments get an asterisk than probably every game played for at least a 15 year span should have an asterisk attached to it as well. One hypocritical reporter who writes for USA Today proposed erasing all of A-Rod’s Texas homers, well there are a number of pitchers on this list who allowed homers to A-Rod during his time in Texas.

A-Rod homered off of Roger Clemens, does that one count? He also homered off of Paul Byrd, how about that one?

(H/T to Baseball’s Steroids Era for the lists).

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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3 Responses to List of MLB Players Who Have Been Connected to Steroids

  1. Nick says:

    How is Barry Bonds only implicated in the use of PED's ? He clearly has admitted to the use of steroids. Barriod Bonds stated ' I don't know what is was they gave me , they just asked if I wanted the clear or the cream , I said clear '. That is his statement. you could argue that , as he states , he really didn't know what he was taking, but there is no question that he undeniably admitted to taking steriods. I have no idea why people continue to try and argue or deny this point, forget all teh otehr facts and evidence against him , this single statement is admission. When you make a mistake , get a speeding ticket or the other thousands of reason where the statement ' I didn't know … ' is a common response, but the fact still remains you made a mistake !

    Thank you,


  2. Adam says:

    Mark McGwire should be on the list of guys who used drugs that were legal at the time but have since been banned.

  3. christian camlin says:

    Nick- to be fair Barry never admitted to knowingly taking steroids but has said that he should not have been as trusting as he was but that is with hindsight. And to be fair to Barry Bonds whatever it was he used he only used it from 2000-2004.After taking 2005 off when he returned in 2006 the Testing regimen they had in place only confirmed that he had quit using any illegal substances.And you must remember steroids were not illegal to use until 2002.Meaning he spent 3 years in violation of the rules.But he was amazing even before taking the Clear.He played 14 years before that and several years after that. Take those 3 years away and he is still a first ballot Hall of Famer.You can hold it against him but during the 90's most hitters and pitchers used.And that continued until testing began in 2005.

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