The five best hitters that have been accused and found guilty of using steroids have a common reason for usage. All five wanted to improve their game performance. However, their defenses are largely different. Reasons such as: I didn’t know what I was taking, it didn’t help my game, I didn’t use steroids, being under pressure to perform, and denial.
Barry Bonds used energy and muscle enhancing steroids for a better game performance. In 2003, Bonds gave testimony to a grand jury that he thought he was using supplements and some arthritis creams. His reason is false. He was using the steroids to improve his game. The steroids Bonds is accused of using are: Winstrol (stanozolol), Oral Trenbolone (The clear), and topical testosterone (the cream).
Depression and bad game performance drove Mark McGwire to use steroids. He stated in an interview that he wanted to admit his actions in 2005, when he appeared before a Congressional panel to discuss steroids in baseball. However, doing so would have exposed him to prosecution, because his attorneys were unable to secure immunity prior to his testimony. It was in this hearing that McGwire stated that he was “not here to talk about the past”. ” McGwire still maintains he used steroids for health purposes. He insisted that he took the substances only to aid in his recovery from injury and only in low doses. McGwire ended more than a decade of speculation when he acknowledged that he used steroids during much of his Major League playing career, including in 1998, when he broke Major League Baseball’s single-season home run record. McGuire does not believe that the steroids had increased his ability to play once he took the field.
In March 2005, Sammy Sosa testified at a Congressional committee hearing examining the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. At the hearing, Sosa stated that he had heard that steroids and human growth hormones are bad for you. Sosa went even further and said he believed that steroids were lethal and that he had never and would never use them. However, Sosa tested positive for performance-enhancing steroids in 2003. Conclusive proof was found that Sosa was using the steroids to enhance his game performance.
Alex Rodriguez confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with ESPN for three seasons of his MLB career. However, Rodriguez maintained that he was only experimenting with steroids during his seasons with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. Rodriguez said he was under pressure. He was trying to prove to people he was worthy of the $252 million contract he had signed. Rodriguez says that he used the steroids because 2001-2003 was a different time and culture.
In 2005, Rafael Palmeiro appeared in front of a Congressional committee and flatly denied ever taking steroids. Later that year Palmeiro was suspended for 10 games after a testing positive for steroid use. Palmeiro has claimed the failed test was the result of a tainted B-12 sample and he was being unfairly targeted. Yet, there is evidence that points to his use of steroids to improve his game performance. The failed test cost Palmer his baseball Hall of Fame induction.