The 25 Best Alleged (and Confirmed) Steroid Users in Baseball History

24. Ken Caminiti

Position(s)3B
Stats.272 BA 1710 H 239 HR 983 RBI
Career1987-2001
Team(s)Astros, Padres, Rangers, Braves
Accomplishments: 3x All-Star, 1x Silver Slugger, 3x Gold Glove, 1x MVP
Caminiti was one of the game's best third basemen for most of his career, winning three straight Gold Gloves from 1997-1999 with the Padres. He was the first star player to admit to using steroids. In a 2002 Sports Illustrated article, Ken told Tom Verducci he used 'roids during his 1996 NL MVP campaign to recover from a shoulder injury. During the 1996 season, Caminiti had career highs across the board; hitting .326, socking 40 homers and 130 RBIs. He had never hit more than 29 homers in a season. He told Verducci that he felt bigger, faster and stronger while on steroids quickly deflating any myth about juicing not making a player better—the proof is right there on the back of the baseball card. Ken had a history of substance abuse and died of a cocaine overdose on October 10, 2004. He was 41.

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