Ivan Rodriguez of Puerto Rico was one of baseball’s best hitting and defensive catchers of all time. However, his chances of ending up in the Hall of Fame were more or less shot when he was named by Jose Canseco as a player whom he injected with steroids. Rodriguez, who played from 1991 to 2011, holds the all-time record for catchers with 13 Gold Gloves, games caught at 2,377 and by starting a dozen All-Star games. He also ranks second with his seven Silver Slugger Awards. Rodriguez retired with 311 home runs, 1,332 RBIs, 2,844 hits, a .296 batting average and threw out a MLB record percent of attempted base stealers. The 1999 AL MVP also batted at least .300 in 10 of his seasons. Many baseball fans feel the catcher basically admitted to steroid use when asked if he failed a 2003 drug test by answering, “Only God knows.” In addition, his muscular body soon became a shadow of itself after the accusations flew his way.
Lest people think only hitters were using steroids, here we have the case of Roger Clemens, perhaps the best pitcher the last twenty years has seen. Clemens denies any steroid use to this day, but his name was mentioned 82 times in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in MLB. In the report, a New York Yankees trainer (Clemens was a Yankee during those years) stated that during the 1998, 2000 and 2001 baseball seasons he personally injected Clemens with steroids. In August, 2010, a federal grand jury indicted Clemens on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs. Though his trial was found to be a mistrial almost as soon as it began in July 2011.