Of Corked Bats and HGH

Unless you have been underneath a rock, involved in prolonged “quality time” with your significant other for the past day (and if so, congrats!), you probably heard about the mess surrounding Jason Grimsley.

Could this investigation, and Grimsley’s own admission, turn him into the Alexander Butterfield of Human Growth Hormones (HGH) in baseball?

Grimsley has played for several teams in his career: the Phillies, the Indians, the Royals, the Angels, the Yankees, the Orioles, and is currently with the Diamondbacks. The affidavit (warning:  link to pdf file) blacks out player’s names. His major league career started in 1989, and his stints with the Indians and Yankees include playoff teams with big hitters. Could he the smoking gun to  more information about this whole steroids silliness or will it just highlight the problems with the testing in baseball? You know it is only a matter of time before those names come out.  Tick-Tock.  Look at the teams he played for and thing of some of the names that could come up.

MLB currently, from my limited fan knowledge, has no testing in place for HGH. 

But Grimsley’s tie to the Indians is not just being on the team during the late 90’s hey days. During the 1994 season, Albert Belle‘s corked bat as taken for examination.   Yep, he was the player the scooted through the air ducts in Comiskey Park and switched Bell’s confiscated bat with Paul Sorrento‘s non-corked bat.

Phillie fans should remember Grimsley.  Not only did he set a major league record by throwing wild pitches in nine straight appearances, he also was the bait the Phillies used to get Curt Schilling from the Astros.


  1. John

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