Friday, August 9, 2013

Justin Verlander calls steroid allegations 'moronic'

8-9 Justin Verlander

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander is not happy about being accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

The right-hander adamantly denied any wrongdoing and called the allegation by former slugger Jack Clark "moronic" while talking to reporters in the visitor's locker room at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

"It's moronic," Verlander said, "look at the source. It's moronic to talk about something you know nothing about and clearly ... he's not watching."

Clark, a four-time All-Star and owner of 340 home runs over an 18-year MLB career, accused Verlander of takings PEDs in the past, as well as Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols, as well. Clark made the comments on his talk radio show in St. Louis on Friday.

"He got that big contract, now he can barely reach 92, 93. What happened to it? He has no arm problems, nothing's wrong. It's just the signs are there," said Clark.

The greed ... they juice up, they grab the money and it's just a free pass to steal is the way I look at it."

Verlander called Clark's accusations nonsense.

"There is no merit in what he is talking about. He's not watching me pitch. Because if did he would've seen my last start, right? He's saying I'm struggling to hit 93, 94? I averaged 97 and hit a 100 in my last start. So clearly he doesn't know what he's talking about."

Verlander, who is 12-8 with a 3.74 ERA this season, also vented about his frustration regarding how anyone can make baseless claims nowadays.

"It's just troublesome that in this day and age, with no merit or anything, somebody can just throw a name (around) just because he feels like, in his opinion, I'm having a down year cause I've lost velocity which clearly wasn't the case," Verlander said. "Then all of a sudden I'm having to deal with this just because I have a big name."

Via USA TODAY

1 comment:

  1. In the case of Pujols, while it has not been proven that he has taken PED'S, the shocking fall off in production after leaving St. Louis raises eyebrows. But almost all Latin American players lie about their age when entering the U.S. to play ball. Since ball players have their best years at 29 and he claims to be 33,if at least 2 years are added, that would mean he is probably 6 years from his prime.

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