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A Texas Ranger who was on to Bartolo Colon long before he got popped for PEDs

160px-BartoloColonIn the spring of 2002, the steroid issue in Major League Baseball was just beginning to really open up when the likes of former Texas Rangers third baseman Ken Caminiti openly admitted in a Sports Illustrated article that he used steroids during his career.

Click here for that story.

Caminiti was speaking specifically about his time with the Padres, when he was named the National League MVP in 1996.

But by 2002 it was widely assumed countless other players were using steroids, but the focus was on primarily the batters. 

I was covering the Texas Rangers that season when a veteran Rangers pitcher told me that not enough people were focusing on the pitchers themselves, and he specifically mentioned Bartolo Colon. He did not believe that Colon's build was just genetics, or a weight program.

Today, the now veteran Colon was suspended 50 games by the MLB after he tested positive for testosterone. Colon, 39, is 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA with the Oakland A's this season.

Colon said in a statement: "I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s,” he said in a statement released by the players’ association. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program."

Mlb_g_colon1x_576When this Rangers player said this to me in 2002, Colon was in the midst of a run of 10 consecutive 10-win seasons. He went 20-8 with a 2.93 ERA in 2002.





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Phil M

Maybe to force teams to make a more concerted effort to stop this type of cheating instead of looking the other way, MLB should have the team forfeit any games the player was in that year. So Oakland would have at least ten fewer wins and not have a chance to make the playoffs. Unless the teams themselves endeavor to clean up the sport instead of relying on MLB and drug testing, more players will be found using. Out for 50 games, losing maybe a couple of million dollars that is pocket change to many of these players is small risk to take in view of the obscene salaries they are paid.

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