No, not using performance enhancing drugs (PED), as Jack Clark had said. Clark played from 1975 through1992. Pujols started in 2001. Apparently Clark had done only a few radio shows when he made the accusations about Pujols. Now Clark and his co-host have been fired after Pujols threatened to sue for libel.
PED use would explain the precipitous drop in batting by Pujols when testing began.
2010 173 age 30; led National Conference 4th and final time
2011 148 age 31
2012 138 age 32; Angels
2013 116 age 33; Angels
But suppose that the offense committed by Pujols was that he had lied about his age from the beginning? Let's say Pujols was three years older. Would the Angels have given that huge ten year deal to Pujols at age 35? Obviously not.
So what's the big deal you ask. The Angels would think it's fraud. The Angels would be losing a lot of money based on false information.
At least one player was moaning on twitter that one of the dirty dozen who copped pleas and took the 50 game PED suspensions last week had cost this player a roster spot. Well, don't players who lie about their age often do the same thing? If a team is considering two similar marginal players and one is 3-4 years younger then the team will almost always take the younger.
Players pretending to be younger than they really are has happened many times but that does not make it right.
The steroid zealots should consider yet another way to see the hypocrisy of their position. As stated several times previously, if you want to do this right: have an honor code:
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Honor Code: a player will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.