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Jack Clark stands by claim that Albert Pujols took steroids

Aug 10, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

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Former major leaguer Jack Clark lasted just a week at a new St. Louis sports radio station for claiming multiple times on air that Albert Pujols‘ ex-trainer Chris Mihlfeld used to inject the slugger with steroids as an amateur and young pro ballplayer.

Clark, who was fired Saturday from CBS Sports 920, alleges that Mihlfeld provided details about Pujols’ steroid use while Clark and Mihlfeld were both on staff in the late 1990s with the Dodgers. Here’s the claim via Dan Caeser of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“I know for a fact that Chris Mihlfield told me that,” Clark said and added that Mihlfeld told him he could inject him the same way he did to Pujols, who at the time was not known to Clark.

Clark said Mihlfield told him, “You’re going to see this guy coming up to the Cardinal organization, he’s going to be in the big leagues and he’s unbelievable,” Clark said.

He also said Mihlfield suggested that Clark try steroids and showed him how he injected Pujols.

“He like pulled his shorts, the waistband, down off his hip and (said), ‘I’ll just give you a little injection right there and you’re on your way and I’ll show you how to do it,” Clark said.

Mihlfeld has denied Clark’s story and Pujols is in the process of taking legal action. Here’s Mihlfeld:

“I haven’t even talked to Jack Clark in close to 10 years. His statements are simply not true. I have known Albert Pujols since he was 18 years old and he would never use illegal drugs in any way. I would bet my life on it and probably drop dead on the spot if I found out he has.”

And now Clark has taken his act to Twitter:

Clark is known for being somewhat of a shock jock and so was his on-air partner, Kevin Slaten. They were both canned Saturday with this accompanying statement from the radio station’s ownership:  “InsideSTL has terminated its relationship with Jack Clark and Kevin Slaten. As independent contractors, we want to make it clear that the opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions of insideSTL. Also as independent contractors, insideSTL did not have editorial control over the show’s content.”

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  1. pastabelly - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    1. I believe Clark.
    2. Someone posting here may not be on PEDs, but on something if they don’t believe steroids help power numbers.
    3. If steroids didn’t help, nobody would have used them.

    • paperlions - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Players use a lot of things that don’t work…and so does everyone. Praying doesn’t work, doesn’t keep people from doing it everyday.

      Steroids and intense workouts do make players stronger, but there is little evidence that it actually translates to much difference in power production in baseball. As others have stated, if you really believe that…then why were all of the crazy high HR totals restricted to a short time frame when we know 100s of players were using steroids both before and after that time? Thinking that steroids is the only possible answer is myopic, and the data show that they are not the most likely cause.

      • eightyraw - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Yes surely baseball players, a group of people who refuse to step on chalk lines and insist on wear titanium necklaces, are only taking substances that are scientifically proven to provide benefits on the diamond. Who wouldn’t trust the professional advice of Greg Anderson (a personal trainer), Patrick Arnold (a chemist w/o an advanced degree), Victor Conte (no college degree), or Tony Bosch (a man posing as a doctor)?

  2. crillbill - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I believe Clark. No reason not to.

    Nobody tests positive for HGH, there is no test yet, and lots of players now use Adderal for their cough cough ADHD.

    MLB should pay bounty on ped abusers. All these people would be turned on.

    • eightyraw - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      There is a testing for HGH now. And HGH offers no benefit to professional athletes. MLB would be better off educating players instead of spending resources on testing.

      • zakaveli9 - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:25 AM

        I hope that is sarcasm. No benefit to professional athletes? I’ve been saying for 10 years Pujols is cheating. His head is huge, he has acne, and the baseball bat looks more like a toothpick in his hands. The fact his nickname is “The Machine” is the most telling. “Well he is so good because he works harder than everybody else…I’ve never seen a guy workout so much and so hardly on his craft” You hear stuff like that about him, just like they said about Bonds, Sosa, and McGwire. And I think he is using something similar to Lance Armstrong that can get in and out of your system quickly because his streaks are ridiculous. There are times he looks like a Triple A player striking out left and right, then he hits 10 homers in a month the next week. This has been going on for awhile. The pass that Pujols and David Ortiz get is ridiculous. Pujols is a pathological liar and he wasn’t even a good prospect coming into the big leagues. Then all of a sudden he’s Babe Ruth. No coincidence there. People are so naive about this guy. I’m a Vikings fan and I won’t say that Adrien Peterson’s head looks huge and he shaved completely. There is definitely a chance he used HGH to get back from his injury and could still be using it. Trying to be the greatest at something when money and fame is the reward is a great motivator to human beings who are already ultra-competitive. But baseball to me is a broken sport. I think anyone that has put up big numbers could be cheating. MLB has to go all the way about this and get rid of it all. They should bust up the Players’ Unions too because there is nothing but lying and enabling each other most of the time. The Commissioner should make threats towards ownership and front offices if there’s any proof of cheating being withheld.

  3. banggbiskit - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Food for thought. Not too many will argue that over the last 10/15 years, Pujols is in the top 5 best players of this generation and quite possibly the best. In an era of rampant steroid use, what are the odds that the most dominant player did it clean? If you say “pretty good” than you believe Albert’. If you think “how can a guy who is clean be far superior to everyone else, when many in that “everyone else” category was cheating” than you will believe the worst about Phat Al.

    Hopefully this goes to court so Mihlfeld can testify under oath.

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