The PED stories just get juicier and juicier. Former Yankee Jack Clark has claimed that LA Angel slugger Albert Pujols was a PED user. "I know for a fact he was. The trainer that worked with him, threw him batting practice from Kansas City, that worked him out every day, basically told me that's what he did," Clark said this week on the St. Louis radio program that he co-hosts (as reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Clark said that Pujols' former personal trainer told Clark that he "shot him up."
Both the trainer and Dan Lozano, Pujols' agent, have denied the allegations. Clark, who played with the Yankees in 1988, is a career .267 hitter with 340 career HRs. After retiring in 1992, he served as the Dodgers' hitting coach in the early 2000s. Pujols' career appears to be in decline. This year, he is hitting .258/.330, far below his career average of .321/.410. The three-time NL MVP has 17 HRs and 64 RBIs. He is currently 28th on the all-time HR list, one behind Yankee great Lou Gehrig.
This is not the first time that Clark has taken a swing at PED users. In 2010, he said, "All those guys are cheaters -- A-Rod. Fake, phony. Rafael Palmeiro. Fake, a phony. Clemens, Bonds. Sosa. Fakes. Phonies. They don't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame." "They should all be in the Hall of Shame," Clark said. "They can afford to build it. They've all got so much money. And they could all go there and talk about the next way to rub something on your skin. The whole thing is creepy."