View Full Version : Was Juan Gone juiced?

Sam Hall
06-20-2007, 03:00 PM
This may shed light on his Royals career...

Hicks: Gonzalez's injuries and early retirement suspicious

Associated Press
Updated: June 20, 2007, 4:38 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks suspects that two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez may have used steroids.

"I have no knowledge that Juan used steroids. His number of injuries and early retirement just makes me suspicious," Hicks wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Wednesday. "In any event, we paid him $24 million for very few games."

Hicks was responding to questions about a television interview in which he was asked about decisions he regretted since owning the team, then mentioned the oft-injured outfielder and steroids.

"Juan Gonzalez for $24 million after he came off steroids, probably, we just gave that money away," Hicks said in the interview, aired June 10 on KTVT-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Gonzalez had three extended stays on the disabled list when he returned to the Rangers for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Sidelined by a torn ligament in right thumb and a right calf injury, he played in only 152 of 324 games, hitting .288 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs.

"That kind of rhetoric does not deserve a response, because it's so irresponsible," said Gonzalez's agent, Al Nero.

Jose Canseco, who played with Gonzalez and the Rangers in 1992-94 before Hicks owned the team, has admitted using steroids. Canseco claimed in his 2005 book that he used steroids with Gonzalez, who was 35 when he played his last major league game and tore his hamstring in his only at-bat for Cleveland in 2005.

Gonzalez, who had 434 home runs, was the AL MVP in 1996 and 1998 for Texas. He was the centerpiece of a nine-player trade that sent him to Detroit after the 1999 season following the Rangers' third AL West title in four seasons.

After only one season with the Tigers and a year in Cleveland, Gonzalez signed a $24 million, two-year free-agent deal to return to Texas, the team that had originally signed him as a 16-year-old free agent out of Puerto Rico.

Back problems limited Gonzalez to 33 games in 2004 after a $4 million deal with Kansas City.

Hammock Parties
06-20-2007, 03:01 PM
Greatest baseball player in MLB history.

06-20-2007, 03:03 PM
Tom Hicks = Captain Obvious.

Jesus, Tom, you're just NOW thinking he was on the juice?

'Hamas' Jenkins
06-20-2007, 03:10 PM
How is this even up for debate?

FFS, everyone knew that overrated sack of shit was roided up to hell and gone.

Mile High Mania
06-20-2007, 03:12 PM
Enh, Hicks is just pissed about all the money he's thrown out the window... Juando - Chan Ho - A Rod... he's wasted more $ than some small countries have as a GNP.

Hammock Parties
06-20-2007, 03:31 PM
The sad thing is the Rangers were a better team when they blew all that money.

06-20-2007, 03:35 PM
a career path similar to Mike Sweeney...

06-20-2007, 04:29 PM
Greatest baseball player in MLB history.

I sure hope that was sarcasm there.

I dont think the Commish is going to be too happy with his comments. I think the MLPBA even less so.