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Given the usual predisposition here to trash Chass (and Pearlman who was big on this story as well - see below), I think you are really letting that cloud your objectivity.
You may not care whether or not he did PED's or their impact (for those of you who preposterously believe it doesn't benefit the user,) but he more than most didn't bother denying it - he just went silent.
In The Rocket That Fell to Earth by Jeff Pearlman, Piazza was said to have told reporters, off record, that he used PEDs and two fellow ball players—one unnamed, the other was Reggie Jefferson—confirmed this. Jefferson was quoted as saying, "He's a guy who did it, and everybody knows it. It's amazing how all these names, like Roger Clemens, are brought up, yet Mike Piazza goes untouched." A couple NY-area writers, Joel Sherman and Murray Chass, noticed his bad case of back acne; a supposed side effect of juicing, but still nothing solid.
A good scenario for Piazza: he finds a way to prove he never used steroids, and the tell-tale acne that covered his back and disappeared only when baseball began testing for steroids was just a delayed case of teen-age acne.
Given that numerous former players have said, off the record, that Reggie Jackson openly brags about his agenda to destroy any NY sluggers whose popularity threatens to approach his, I think your "evidence" is heretofore destroyed.
The whole "Piazza is going to admit using in his book" bit is entirely a fantasy of Chass's, right?
A good scenario for voters: enough vote for him to keep him eligible for future ballots until the book is published and we see what he says about steroids.
The book has been kept hush-hush, the better for voters not to know if he admits in the book to using steroids use.
If a player played in the 90s, he did PEDs.
I'm just wondering how RJ would know. As far as I can see, they never played in the same league together, much less the same team. I suppose they could have been in winter ball somewhere together, or RJ could just be repeating something someone else said, or making it up. Of course it's not implausible that two players would know each other even if they never crossed paths on the field, but having a connection would add at least a little credence.
By the way, not wanting to give Chass the click-through, but what does any of this have to do with Eric Gagne and HGH?
If a sportswriter went to college in the 70's or 80's, they probably did cocaine.
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