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Jack Clark accuses Albert Pujols of taking PEDs

Aug 9, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

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UPDATE: Albert Pujols’ trainer has denied Clark’s allegations to NBC Sports.com.

10:00 AM: Jack Clark, who once accused the Cardinals of being “quitters” and having “poopy in their pants” — yes, he actually said that — has a new accusation: Albert Pujols: PED user:

He was known as “Jack the Ripper” during his playing days because of his power hitting, and Jack Clark has come out swinging hard in his new sports-radio position. He has accused former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols of using a performance enhancing drug.

Go read Dan Caesar’s column for the details, but the upshot is Clark saying “I know for a fact” that Pujols took PEDs because the trainer who used to work out with Pujols in Kansas City during the offseason “basically told me that’s what he did.”

The trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, was in the news several years ago when it was erroneously reported that he and Pujols appeared in an affidavit with information supplied by Jason Grimsley, who had been busted for PEDs. That turned out to not be the case.

As for these allegations? On the one hand they are, by definition, hearsay. And Clark’s later swipes at Justin Verlander and Shawn Green are pure b.s. which undermine him (he says Green had back acne and erroneously states that Verlander used to throw much harder than he does now). That said, hearsay gets a bad rap, but it isn’t nothing. And if we have learned anything in the past few years it’s that not all credible accusations of PED use are made by reputable and noble sources. Clark could be full of it. He also could be right.

Either way, Clark works in talk radio now and between this and his past comments doing broadcast work it is clear that he is one who likes to drop bombs and get attention.  I presume he will be getting a lot more now.

  1. crystalinadumass - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Verlander pitching makes me smile, this…well, this just makes me laugh. Unbelievable.

  2. makeham98 - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Smear the messenger.

    LaRussa will swear that all of his players got their over muscled physiques solely through hard work.

    • deedee2die4 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      LaRussa and Torre have 2 of the top jobs in MLB and both should be banned form MLB for looking the other way for decades.

  3. s0krat3s - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Just stupid to suggest. Pujols was never a longball hitter in the way that Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, etc. were. Pujols was always a line drive hitter who just hit line drives with authority, similar in a lot of ways to Hank Aaron.

    Furthermore, steroids are not just used for performance-enhancing. They are also used for injury recovery. All these long-time nagging foot and elbow issues likely wouldn’t be occurring if he was using such steroids.

    • eightyraw - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Stop attributing so much power to banned substances. You really think some banned drug could’ve healed his plantar fasciitis?

    • baseballer28 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Or his nagging injuries could be the result of his body breaking down from using to many PED’s. And just because he was a line drive hitter doesn’t mean anything. He just kept his bat crossing through the zone on the same plane as before(no upper cut), that’s all. I totally think this could be true, I would just like to see evidence, not just hearsay. Look at the A’s in the late ’80’s/90’s and we all know about that ’98 season and the Cardinals clubhuse. Guys who played for LaRussia had a habit of taking PED’s.

      • genericcommenter - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Or it could be that he’s in his 30s and really around the age many elite athletes started breaking down pre-PEDs. A lot of people try to play this one both ways. There are HOF sluggers who were finished as useful players at Pujols’ age. I doubt they were breaking down in the ’30s and ’40s from chronic steroid use.

      • eightyraw - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Or maybe (and I know this will sound crazy) he just developed plantar fasciitis like millions of other Americans each year, and instead of resting he tried to play thru the pain, a decision that resulted in a tear. But hey, what’s the fun in not attributing every injury or every period of health to some baseless PED accusations?

      • umrguy42 - Aug 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        He’s been fighting plantar fasciitis for years, even before he started declining, IIRC.

  4. deedee2die4 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    aka “Jack, the ripper”. Jack was also known as being one of the least intelligent players in MLB. But on Pujols, I’d say he may be correct. Honestly, to me, the entire Bud Selig* era is corrupted. Bud knew*, the billionaire owners* knew but liked the money. For that, MLB’s legacy is in the toilet. Stats, records, awards, titles – All worthless and not to be taken seriously.

  5. timmmah10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Getting pretty close to slander here…

  6. Tick - Aug 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    So, Verlander has to have taken steroids because he’s having an off year? Maybe Clark would like to explain how upstanding Dale Murphy went from MVP worthy to his stats going completely off the cliff and he’s somehow above suspicion. He signed a big contract after that great 1987 year and immediately stunk after that. By Clark’s own reasoning, he must’ve been a steroid cheat too.

  7. jdd428 - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    If I understand everything I’ve read correctly, here’s a point that I haven’t seen made that basically undercuts Clark.

    Clark said he knows Pujols was a juicer because trainer Chris Mihlfeld told him so while both were on the staff with the Dodgers in the late 90s. Well, Pujols wasn’t even a rookie until 2001, and he only spent one season in the minors. So, how would Clark even know who Pujols was when they were on the same staff in LA?

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