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Former Atlanta Brave John Rocker: Steroids Made Baseball Better

July 11th, 2013 at 8:29 AM
By Cody Fields

Former Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker has a history of saying stupid, or at least controversial things. His appearance on CBS Sports Radio in Cleveland on Wednesday was no different.

Rocker said that Major League Baseball was "better" with steroid usage and that players would use PEDs to "almost keep up with the Joneses."

The comments seem particularly timely, given MLB's plans to suspend upwards of 20 players in the Biogenesis scandal, as per Yahoo! Sports:

“Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical stand point, I think it was the better game. At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it’s almost like the circus is in town. They are paid to be entertained. They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That’s entertainment. You’re paying to be entertained.”

Rocker goes on to say that any player who wants to use them should be able to, largely because, he says, trying to catch active users is a losing game.

"The best tests out there, the ones the Olympics use, can only test for 500 molecular combinations of 50,000 possible combinations. … They're going to cost ya', but the guys who want them can certainly pay for a chemist to build them."

Listen to audio of the interview here, which actually mostly isn't about steroids.

Rocker spent four years with the Braves, saving 83 games from 1998-2001.

 

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, John Rocker, MLB, PEDs, steroid

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