Former Blue Jays slugger Cecil Fielder calls out steroid users

Former Toronto Blue Jays Cecil Fielder signs a teddy bear following the Blue Jays Honda Super Camp...

Former Toronto Blue Jays Cecil Fielder signs a teddy bear following the Blue Jays Honda Super Camp at Telus Field in Edmonton, Alta., Monday July 29, 2013.(DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:31 AM ET

OKOTOKS, ALTA. - When Cecil Fielder hit 51 home runs for the Detroit Tigers in 1990, it was the first time a Major League player had smashed 50 dingers in 13 years — and only the second time anyone had hit the mark since Willie Mays did it in 1965.

In the time since, a player’s hit 50 home runs in a season 24 times.

Almost all those who have hit the milestone have been smeared by suspicion of steroid use.

“It’s very unfortunate,” Fielder said Wednesday at a Toronto Blue Jays Super Camp stop in Okotoks. “I said from the beginning when this stuff first started that this is going to be a black-eye for us for a long time.”

The power surge that accompanied the steroid era meant Fielder’s accomplishment has been overshadowed by tainted record-breaking seasons from Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.


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