John Rocker attends the 5th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit The Lopez Foundation at Lakeside Golf Club on May 7, 2012 in Toluca Lake, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Lopez Foundation)
Known for speaking his mind, Macon native and former Atlanta Braves closer John Rocker is making headlines again for his stance that baseball was better off when the players were on steroids.
The retired pitcher told CBS Radio in Cleveland, "...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."
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In 2011, after his name appeared in the Mitchell Report, Rocker admitted he failed a Major League Baseball test for steroids after the Sports Illustrated article that would become synonymous with his career.
He claimed MLB officials denied knowing he'd failed the test, and had the results come out then, the purge against performance-enhancing drugs would have started earlier.
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At the time, he told a baseball writer, "I wish 37-year-old John Rocker could go back and punch 23-year-old John Rocker in his face."
On these latest comments, USA Today's For the Win blogger Ted Berg agreed with Rocker on a couple points:
1) testing will never catch up to the efforts cheaters use to get around the rules, and
2) "it would definitely be entertaining to 'see some clown throw a fastball 101 mph.'"