In 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.
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."
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