The new BALCO?

Posted on February 28th, 2007 – 9:44 AM
By Joe Christensen

It looks like Major League Baseball is bracing for another steroid scandal. This time, the feds have raided pharmacies in Orlando, Fla., and Mobile, Ala., and it appears they are zeroing in on an Internet distribution ring for steroids and human growth hormone.

The Albany Times-Union reported yesterday that drugs from the Mobile lab were allegedly received by former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, admitted juicer Jose Canseco and newly signed Los Angeles Angels outfielder Gary Matthew, Jr.

I covered Matthews when he was a San Diego Padres prospect and again with the Baltimore Orioles, and he was one of the nicest guys in both clubhouses. That doesn’t make him innocent, but I’ll wait for more proof before assigning guilt. As a baseball writer, I also have to brace for other names associated with this story. That’s become a regular part of this job.

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