Baseball players have no one but themselves to blame for the doubt now cast on just about everyone after the release of the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball. Baseball players have allowed this drug culture in the sport by adhering to the "clubhouse code" and keeping quiet on the issue. You rarely hear players speak out against steroids, and I've never heard of a player turning in another player for steroid use.
Take this quote from Travelers shortstop Sean Rodriguez after Barry Bonds broke the home run record, for example -- “No matter who does it or how they do it, it’s a heck of an accomplishment. You can’t take that away from the guy.” Here you have a player at the worst basically endorsing cheating through steroid use and at the best refusing to speak out against it.
We've gotten to the point where everyone involved is guilty until proven innocent. Maybe the Mitchell Report should have released the names of players not using steroids rather than those who are. One thing we are all overlooking is how much are undetectable steroids and HGH being used in the Minor Leagues, where the argument could be made that the pressure to use is even more intense as players compete for a shot at the next level.
So with that spirit in mind and based on the number of players using performance enhancing drugs, I am wondering who are the most likely suspects on the Travelers roster the last several years? We know Derrick Turnbow used steroids while in Little Rock. We know Willie Collazo used steroids. Add Brendan Donnelly's name to the list since he is mentioned in the Mitchell Report. There are surely many others who were using performance-enhancing drugs while wearing the Travelers uniform. My top suspects are Greg Porter, Terry Evans, Dallas McPherson, and Casey Kotchman. And oh yeah, we know Shelly has to have been on something the last several years.
What Travelers do you suspect of using steroids?