Ever since the news came of Barry Bonds’ indictment on lying about using Steroids I have begun to wonder what other players have used performance-enhancers and gotten away with it. I never suspected Rafael Palmeiro, despite being Jose Canseco’s teammate in the early 90’s and that was my own fault. Still, there is a man who played with Jose during his Glory Days and could have just as easily been using the stuff with Jose & Big Mac in that infamous bathroom stall Jose wrote about in his tell-all best seller.
Truth be told I hope it never did happen but when you look at Rickey’s amazing numbers and his unbelievable physique, specially later in his career you begin to wonder. After all, he holds the record for most seasons in baseball for a non-pitcher (25) and played well into his mid-40’s in a somewhat productive manner. Let’s not also forget he holds the record for most career lead-off home runs and came mighty close to 300 for a guy who was in no way a “power-hitter”.
I guess I am just being too negative. This horrible Steroid-era has made cynics out of 99% of us and the 1% who still believe baseball is pure and innocent are living with their eyes wide shut for fear that their hero has also cheated in the past. For baseball’s sake I hope Rickey was never guilty of anything but being way too full of himself.