Adrian Beltre: Eric Gagne should have named names in PED accusation

Eric Gagne recently wrote an autobiography, and on Wednesday we found out that it contains at least one bombshell piece of information. In the book, “Game Over: The Story of Gagne,” the former closer calls most of his former Dodgers teammates cheaters by estimating that a whopping 80 percent of them used human growth hormone.

One of his former teammates, Adrian Beltre, wishes Gagne had been more specific.

“He should have named names,” Beltre said Thursday according to the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t know what you want me to tell you … For him to say something like that, he should have come out with names instead of a percentage.”

Beltre and Gagne were teammates from 1999-2004. The 2004 season was by far Beltre’s most productive offensively. He hit 48 homers and drove in 121 runs that season. He has belted 35 homers this year — the second-highest total of his career — and has never driven in more than 105 runs in a season aside from 2004.

Based on the numbers Beltre had when he played with Gagne, he would probably be a lock for the 80 percent who used performance-enhancing drugs for people who believe Gagne’s theory. If he truly did not use steroids during those seasons, you can understand why Beltre would be upset that Gagne didn’t name names. Unless you think Gagne is full of it, Beltre 2004 numbers make him a prime suspect.

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  • http://twitter.com/GargantuanBoost Gargantuan Boost

    The writer is a knob for putting 2004 Beltre’s numbers, when Beltre is not listed in the 2007 Mitchell Report…put Eric Gagne’s 20003/2004 numbers since Gagne violated the  drug policy .  Gagne “should” name names, but starting with himself, & Steve Delvecchio is as worthless as a virgin on Venus for alluding to Beltre’s numbers & not Gagne’s.

  • SteveDelVecchio

    I didn’t point to Gagne’s number because I thought it was a pretty well-known assumption that he is a PED user. I also didn’t accuse Beltre of using PEDs, I simply said I can understand why he would be upset that Gagne didn’t name names when there are plenty of people who already think Beltre used steroids because of those numbers. He’s never come close to that season, which happened to come smack dab in the middle of the steroid era. Call him a victim of circumstance if you want, but it’s a fact that people think Beltre used steroids then. Gagne’s 80 percent claim will support those accusations.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JXM6IWTBXREPZJ6LGPOIN3BS4 yahoo-2JXM6IWTBXREPZJ6LGPOIN3BS4

    do you believe that RBI’s is a product of the guys hitting in front of you?  This is all hypothetical but lets say that if the 3 guys hitting before you and the guy behind you all take HGH, will that do anything to your numbers? 

  • SteveDelVecchio

    I understand your point, but I don’t think you’re seeing mine. Again, I’m not saying Beltre used steroids. I’m saying as someone who had extremely inflated numbers while playing with Gagne, you can understand why he wants him to name names. Without naming names, a lot of people are going to conclude that the guy who popped 48 homers is among the 80% Gagne is accusing. For that reason, I understand why Beltre wishes he had named names. Beltre knows without naming names it makes him a top suspect.

  • Bob

    This is the problem with the steroid scandal, ascertaining who did and who didn’t is like walking on chicken-wire, it’s hard. There is no clear-cut method besides drug tests. We’re all doing the eye test and the statistical anomaly but if that’s true, then Jose Bautista is a juicer, so is Chris Davis. Anyone who has a breakthrough year is a juicer. That’s not true. If that’s true Roger Maris is a Juicer. Davy Johnson, now manager of the Nats, is well a Juicer. The world is full of juicers! My next door neighbor who has been sitting on his couch for god knows who long finally got it together! He goes to work in the morning! He’s a juicer. It’s all in the juice. Orange juice, fruit juice or otherwise.
    I’m out folks…would you pass the juice?