Ex-Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker says baseball is better with steroids.
Rocker, who currently lives in Atlanta, was interviewed on Cleveland radio station 92.3 The Fan and talked about performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball.
“Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game. At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it’s almost like the circus is in town. They are paid to be entertained. They wanna see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph and some other guy hit it 500 feet. That’s entertainment. You’re paying to be entertained.”
He actually admitted to steroid use years after he retired. He even went off the record during the interview to say the steroid era in baseball “was a mesmerizing time for every baseball fan out there.”
He revealed in 2008 that “between 40 to 50 percent of baseball players are on steroids.”
Rocker, a closer, was the center of controversy in the baseball world in late 1999 when he made some ethnically insensitive comments which were published on Sports Illustrated.
“The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. I’m not a very big fan of foreigners.”
He played from 1998-2003 in the majors with the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He compiled a 13-22 win-loss record to go along with 332 strikeouts and a 3.42 ERA, per ESPN.
Rocker is currently director of public affairs of SaveHomelessVeterans.com