Steroid use has been in the news for the past week or so and the Dodgers haven’t been connected to the Biogenesis Clinic. However, it does sound like former hitting coach, Jack Clark, is starting to accuse several players of PED use.
Clark was known during his playing days as “Jack the Ripper” and was the Dodgers hitting coach from 2001-2003. During that span, former Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green was in the midst of two career seasons.
Thus, Clark is now telling people that Albert Pujols, Justin Verlander and Green all used steroids according to Dan Cesar of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
I’ve seen Shawn Green leaving the clubhouse with a bunch of acne on his back and I walk past him (and say,) ‘Hey Greenie, see you later.’ He turned around to me and said (stammering) ‘I have an irritation.These guys that fake you out it’s very disappointing, especially when they are breaking records. Here I am in LA as the hitting coach and Shawn Green is breaking Duke Snider’s record (for home runs in a season while) cheating on steroids. It’s just disappointing to me.
Green finished his career with 328 home runs and during the 2001-03 seasons, he hit 110 home runs with 324 RBIs. His greatest highlight came in 2002, when he hit four home runs, five extra base hits and collected 19 total bases against the Brewers.
Regardless, from appearance, it didn’t look like Green was using any PEDs, but there’s sure to be a comment from him or his representatives.
Pujols responded to Clark’s allegations as there doesn’t seem to be a clear motive, since he says he and Pujols are good friends at this moment.
While also accusing Green of cheating, Clark also calls Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire a low life as these PED stories don’t seem to be going away.
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