In response to David Ortiz being named on the infamous steroid list, Bronson Arroyo admits that he would not be surprised if his name is on that list.

“Andro made me feel great, I felt like a monster. I felt like I could jump and hit my head on the basketball rim,” Arroyo said of the substance that became infamous after it was discovered in the locker of slugger Mark McGwire during his historic 1998 home run chase

But it couldn’t help him throw a 92 mph fastball!?

“Before 2004, none of us paid any attention to anything we took,” Arroyo told the Herald during a phone interview. “Now they don’t want us to take anything unless it’s approved. But back then, who knows what was in stuff? The FDA wasn’t regulating stuff, not unless it was killing people or people were dying from it.”

The full article can be found in the Boston Herald.

I’m really getting tired of this whole thing.  We all know that most of the players during this period used some sort of performance enhancing drugs.  Let’s just move on!  I guess the biggest news out of this is the fact that Arroyo must have received a bogus supply of this stuff since his head — not to mention muscles — didn’t seem to grow any as a result.

16 Responses

  1. Matt Steele

    meh I doubt that Andro really helps players anyways, same with most PED’s. Arroyo isn’t on that list anyway, because the players were told in 2003 if they were on it.

    Besides, PED use has been around the game for decades. I love how everyone is making a huge deal about what’s been going on from the late 90’s until the early 2000’s but really does anyone here not think that players were using PEDs in the 70’s or 80’s.

    What about the use of amphetamines? Were those not performance enhancing as well? Those were used widespread throughout the game for much of the 20th century.

    I’m just tired of the steroid conversation. There has never been a time in baseball history where you could honestly say that everyone is on the same playing field and is equal. Just like every other sport, PED’s are/were part of the game.

  2. GregD

    I just wish they put the list of names out. This one name every other month BS is going to drag on for years.

    If I were a player/PEDer like Arroyo, I’d want to be careful about these public admissions. Especially while playing under such a large financial contract that my employer agreed to based on my performance that was possibly as a result of taking these substances.

  3. GregD

    And on trade deadline day. Did he intentionally do that to decrease his chances of moving to another team? Or do other GMs not care either?

  4. Matt Steele

    I doubt that there is anyway that the Reds could effectively void his contract. Or really any other team for any player. #1 some of these things like Andro weren’t necessarily banned when some players were taking it and #2 the players union is way too strong.

    I also doubt too many GMs care that much when a player like Arroyo said he used to take something back in 2003. He has a pretty long track record since then (most of it has been pretty below average anyway)

  5. Matt WI

    Off topic, but from the rich get richer files: USA Today’s Bob Nightengale via Twitter: the Red Sox are about to acquire Victor Martinez from the Indians. My last wish for the trade deadline is gone.

  6. Travis G.

    The only people who care about this anymore are the sports pundits who are paid to take contrary positions on supposedly controversial topics (which is why thinking people hate watching ESPN).

    I mean, doesn’t everyone just assume all players born in the ’60s and ’70s used PEDs? It sucks, and I hate what it did to statistics and some hallowed hitting records, but I still love baseball and will watch it pretty much no matter what. Maybe I’m a sucker, but I knows what I likes.

    Put them in the Hall of Fame, I don’t care. Baseball did nothing to stop them, and won’t let the public know the full extent of the problem even now. If I had a vote, I would consider candidates within the context of their era (no automatic entry with 500 HR (sorry, Sheff), but any of those guys should be eligible, positive results or not. But judge them against their peers, not history.

  7. Chris Garber

    I could give two figs. Arroyo’s the smartest one yet. He volunteers an admission that could cover anything from Andro to Zebra hormones, but doesn’t expressly admit anything but a then-legal substance.

    All done when all the attention is on the bigger (literally) stories. He’s now done, and did it without any or negative repercussions.

    Kudos to you.

  8. Shelby

    For as bad a performance that Bronson can put on, he and Roy Halladay are the two most winning pitchers in baseball over the past few years so to say that he is below average is not really a true statement.

  9. Matt WI

    By what measure? Wins? Winning percentage? (I doubt that). I like Arroyo and have defended him here, but he’s average at best. His ERA kills any reasonable defense. Yup, his innings pitched are great, but wins are poor measure alone for pitchers. I hope some time likes him and we get some talent back, but I’m guessing if they did, he’d have already been gone by now.

  10. Chris Garber

    I mean, doesn’t everyone just assume all players born in the ’60s and ’70s used PEDs?

    And all players born in the 30s and 40s used amphetimines (i.e. PEDs).

  11. GregD

    MLB has finally come around to banning Zebra hormones, right?

  12. Chad Dotson

    I agree that the only people who care about this anymore are sportswriters/pundits.

    The general public doesn’t care.

    I have never cared. I wish Junior HAD taken PEDs earlier in the decade. Maybe the Reds would have won more games and maybe he would have been on the field more.

  13. Matt Steele

    by any measure that measures a pitcher’s performance and not a team’s performance, Arroyo is average to below average the past few years. His first year with the Reds was by far his best and I doubt he will ever match that again