The Doctor is Most Definitely Out

This story by Gordon Edes throws out some pretty amazing comments by former BoSox Doctor Bill Morgan, he of the stupendous Schilling suture.  To wit:

"I would go on record as saying there was no steroid use, to my knowledge, by the Red Sox in my years with the team."

or this, regarding Canseco’s tenure with the Sox:

"Even with him, there was nothing overt in the clubhouse, but did people suspect it? Sure. But there was never a, `By the way, can you stick this needle with steroids into my buttocks?’ "

My guess is Doc Morgan never saw Shea Hillenbrand trying to squeeze his old batting helmet on after his offseason training "regimen".  By Morgan’s own accounts, he figures that maybe 15% of players have taken steroids.  So why does he think that the Sox checked in at 0% while he was there?  Face it, Doc, even our beloved Sox harbored [edit: most likely employed] steroid users.  Morgan’s head-in-the-sand attitude about what happened on his own watch (he was the TEAM DOCTOR, for heck’s sake) is exactly why this problem is not going away until a nuclear steroid policy is in place.

6 comments… add one
  • SF paid up the libel insurance, right? Right???

    YF February 23, 2005, 5:41 pm
  • Correction: it is HIGHLY LIKELY that the Sox harbored steroid users.

    SF February 23, 2005, 6:04 pm
  • Here’s a question: If steroids came into being in the early 60’s, and was used by swimmers, football players and weight lifter in the 70’s, why did it take until the early 90’s for it to take in baseball. Baseball players have been historically notorious cheaters. Jim Bouton talked about the widespread use of speed in baseball during the 70’s, pitchers doctored balls, etc. Why was there such a lag? Or was there such lag?
    Another question that deserves answering: Do steroid really give players a competitive advantage? According to Canseco, he introduced McGwire to steroid after his rookie season. His power numbers declined in the four years that followed. Did the chemist’s work really work?

    Nick February 23, 2005, 8:44 pm
  • Here’s my take on steroids: if it didn’t hurt your body, would people care? It would be legal still, as far as laws go.

    JeremyM February 23, 2005, 10:38 pm
  • Morgan:
    We have no WMD. Inspections are going along according to plan, despite sanctions. Invasion would be foolish. WMDs used to exist but have been destroyed. That is all.

    AJ February 24, 2005, 9:30 am
  • Did the doc pay the yankees to win the world series or did he bribe them with free bottles of captain morgans since he was pulled over for drunk driving he must have been making a delivery to new york for next years games as a heads up for 2004 dirty drunk doc , unless they still wouldnt take his offers all the way back to 1997

    Andrea Cowden April 22, 2005, 11:45 pm

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