The news that grizzled veteran slugger Jason Giambi was interviewing for the Colorado Rockies managerial job – which coincided with the horrendous post-season fellow veteran slugger Alex Rodriguez has had with the New York Yankees – got me to thinking about Major League Baseball’s “Steroid Era” once again (of course, with the high-profile suspension of Melky Cabrera this season and the Ryan Braun controversy last winter, perhaps that era continues).
As we rapidly approach the voting period for the 2013 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies (something I wrote about last October), we’ve seen a lot happen to some of the standout names from that “Steroid Era” in recent months:
- Mark McGwire is completing his third season as the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach, where he won a World Series ring last year and sees his Cards in the NLCS again this year.
- Jose Canseco continues to drift into oblivion, posting nonsensical Twitter comments (even including time travel!), failing to show up for autograph appearances at low-level minor league games, filing for bankruptcy, and now reportedly seeking a pro wrestling career. Continue reading