Balco steroids scandal

Position(s) : RF, 3B, SS
Stats : .292 BA 2689 H 509 HR 1676 RBI
Career : 1988-2009
Team(s) : Brewers, Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, Tigers, Mets
Accomplishments : 9x All-Star, 5x Silver Slugger, 1x Champion
Sheff's violent batting stance put fear into opposing pitchers' hearts for many years. He either hit the ball hard or not at all and never bit his tongue, right or wrong. Gary was one of those guys no one suspected of using (at the time) because he wasn't putting up crazy numbers nor did he resemble a giant form of human. His cover was blown when his name was in the Mitchell Report linking him to the BALCO scandal as Barry Bond's main man. According to Gary, "It was basically Barry (saying), 'Trust me. Do what I do.'" He said that Barry's trainer, Greg Anderson applied a cream laced with steroids to Sheff's surgically repaired knee. He denies that it helped his career til this very day. Sheffield is on a list that includes Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson and Alex Rodriguez as the only players with 500 HRs, 2,500 hits, 1,500 RBIs and 200 stolen bases.

Giambi apologized again on May 16, 2007, this time specifically for using steroids, and urged others in the sport to do the same. [33] "I was wrong for using that stuff", he told USA Today . "What we should have done a long time ago was stand up—players, ownership, everybody—and said, 'We made a mistake.'" When asked why he used steroids, Giambi responded: "Maybe one day I'll talk about it, but not now." Giambi did speak with George J. Mitchell , after being forced to do so by Bud Selig . Subsequently, in December 2007, the Mitchell Report included Giambi along with his brother Jeremy Giambi , who also admitted to using steroids during his career. [34]

Technically speaking, BALCO is extinct, but Victor Conte is a free man and still running a business called "Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning" or "SNAC." After serving a four-month prison sentence prior to pleading guilty in 2005, he now sells various supplements and vitamins. Patrick Arnold and Greg Anderson each served a three-month jail sentence after pleading guilty with Anderson serving an additional three-month house arrest sentence. Recently Anderson was incarcerated again after being found in contempt of court for refusing to testify about Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield’s use of banned steroids. [14] BALCO is not completely dead however; on the SNAC website, Conte has BALCO apparel for sale. [15]

Balco steroids scandal

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