John Rocker: Baseball 'better game' during steroid era

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker (R) is restrained by teammate Dave Martinez (L) and first...

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker (R) is restrained by teammate Dave Martinez (L) and first base umpire Al Clark while going after Toronto Blue Jays Raul Mondesi (not in photo) during fourth inning interleague play in this June 13, 2001 file photo. (REUTERS)

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It’s no secret John Rocker is open to chatting about the usually hush-hush issue of steroids in baseball.

Case in point, Rocker flat-out admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs to the New York Baseball Digest in 2011. In the same interview, he threw his peers under the bus by saying, “Let’s be honest here, who wasn’t (using steroids)?”

The outspoken ex-pitcher spoke out again Tuesday.

In an interview with CBS Cleveland, Rocker said baseball was a “better game” during the steroid era.

“Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical stand point, I think it was the better game,” Rocker started.

“At the end of the day, when people are paying their $80, $120, whatever it may be … it’s almost like the circus is in town. They are paid to be entertained.”

Rocker, a closer who suited up for four teams – the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays – from 1998 to 2003, used the 1998 home run record chase to support his argument.

“I don’t care how (Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire) got there,” he said. “Was there anything more entertaining than 1998?”


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