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Spencer Lader wants to take Carlos Delgado down with him

Jan 27, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

Carlos Delgado comeback

If you don’t know who Spencer Lader is, that’s OK. Don’t feel bad. Still, the New York Daily News thought he was important enough to dedicate an article to his rantings, mostly because he’s trying desperately to connect Carlos Delgado to steroids.

Sports memorabilia dealer Spencer Lader and other defendants in the case want [Jose] Reyes, now with the Blue Jays, to tell them under oath what he knows about Delgado’s relationship with Anthony Galea, the controversial Toronto sports medicine doctor — and human growth hormone proponent — who pleaded guilty in July 2011 to transporting misbranded and unapproved drugs into the United States.

“I’m not saying Delgado used steroids, but I do have a right to know if he did,” Lader says. “We thought his name had commercial value, but everybody knows players linked to steroids have no commercial value.

“I want to be the first person in memorabilia to keep these people accountable.”

Ummm, no. You want to make money.

Here’s the case: Delgado is suing Lader and other defendants, saying them owe him at least $767,500 under the terms of the an exclusive memorabilia deal agreed to in 2006.

Lader, apparently, thinks his best defense is trying to get Reyes to say Delgado used steroids, something that seems both highly unlikely to happen and very irrelevant anyway. If Delgado’s memorabilia proved next to worthless, it certainly had nothing to do with him being connected to steroids, because no one really ever linked him with steroids until Lader.

Lader does make some other claims, of course, including the funny note than Delgado would sign Alex Rodriguez bats for Lader instead of his own. The article closes with one little gem:

Delgado never did reach the 500 home run club. He hit 473 home runs in a career that ended with a whimper. Delgado played in just 26 games for the Mets in 2009 before his season ended that May with hip surgery. Hip problems are a long-term side effect of performance-enhancing drug use, Lader notes.

Yeah, let’s just take his word for it. After all, it fits right in with the Daily News trying to link steroids and A-Rod’s hip injury last month.

  1. mazblast - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Every time I think I’ve seen the lowest people can go in sports…

  2. genericcommenter - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Oh. So that’s why all those old folks end up needing hip replacements.

    • dondada10 - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      My mom got her hip replaced 2 years ago…I guess she used…

      • Old Gator - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        Mine too. I used to find her needles lying around in the bathroom, full of performance enhancing drugs like Byetta and Levimir. She passed away at 88, no longer able to pole vault or run marathons like she used to – all due to the subversive effects of PEDs. Octogenarians of the world, you have been warned.

      • kirkvanhouten - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Needless to say, I will not be voting for your mother for the hall of fame. She’s a disgrace to baseball.

  3. historiophiliac - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I am shocked to learn that Toronto has a sports medicine doctor. But of course, he is controversial.

    • Old Gator - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Why not? It’s got great delis, and we all know what they can do to your buttocks and knees.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 28, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      The case against Galea ended in a bit of a wimper. He got a slap on the wrist for a minor infraction.

  4. cur68 - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Hip injuries = PEDs? Really? News to me. Delgado had a hip impingement injury which eventually lead to arthritis. Its common in athletes who run, twist, and jump a lot. You know, baseball football, soccer, hockey players? Its common in anyone who does that stuff a lot. I’d love to see this guy’s evidence that FAI = steroid use.

    • Old Gator - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Delgado also spent a year being lied to about not being traded by Scrooge McLoria.

      What’s that? You’ve heard that one before?

      Oh. Sorry.

  5. kirkvanhouten - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    “Delgado never did reach the 500 home run club. He hit 473 home runs in a career that ended with a whimper. Delgado played in just 26 games for the Mets in 2009 before his season ended that May with hip surgery. Hip problems are a long-term side effect of performance-enhancing drug use, Lader notes.”

    Hip problems are also a long-side effect of being a 37 year-old professional athlete, but you know…

    Secondly, almost everyone’s career ends in a whimper. With very few exceptions, no one leaves the game because they are totally awesome and healthy. In all fairness to Carlos, he 0.5 WAR in his final season was better than the final season of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig…perhaps we should describe them as “going out with a whimper” too?

    And boo-hoo…he didn’t reach the 500 home run club. He’ll just have to settle with being a lousy schlub who only managed to hit more home runs than all but 31 people in baseball history. What a loser.

  6. chacochicken - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I want to know when he stopped beating his wife. Guys with hands beat their wives….and Carlos has two hands!
    Few creatures that walk or crawl are as smarmy as the sports memorabilia dudes. I’m sure some are decent folks but if you run into one just to be safe best to punch them in the liver anyway.

    • mazblast - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Now that last line was FUNNY!

      I ran into an honest sports memorabilia dealer about 6-9 months ago. I told him what I had, and he may have gotten the item with a bid. Instead he said, “Save it until they win a title, it’ll be worth tons more then.” I’ll be grateful–if that team ever wins a championship!

  7. canadabaseball - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Anyone wants I got a Rickey Henderson card in mint condition. From his 7th year in the majors only 59.99 OBO

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 28, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    ” he’s trying desperately to connect Carlos Delgado to steroids.”

    I’ll easily connect Carlos Delgado to steroids…Carlos Delgado’s baseball career spanned from 1993 to 2009. He’s connected.

    See how easy that was. Why can’t EVERYBODY do that and we can move on from this annoying topic that will NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER be resolved in a more fair way than to just assume everybody in the era did it???

  9. hitdog042 - Jan 28, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Ask any doctor or use webmd. Certain hip injuries are directly tied to steroids. I don’t know which condition Delgado had. . Fact.

    • cur68 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Ha, ha. Ladner reads HBT! Hi asshole. Show your references for this “fact”. Oh yeah: “Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica.”

  10. proudlycanadian - Jan 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Delgado was naturally strong. There was never any suspicion about him and steroids. When he played in Toronto, he lived in a condo near Bloor Street and usually rode his bicycle a few miles to work. Great exercise for the legs, but might have also contributed to the hip problem.

  11. hitdog042 - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    People are naive. Toronto fans say he didn’t do it. Just like a reds Dan would defend Griffey. Wake up. They all did it. Seriously. Get your heads out of the sand (or snow). Riding his bike caused a hip condition…… That made me lol. Hips don’t turn on a bike. 6th grade health class.

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