Former Mariners outfielder Shane Monahan said he used anabolic steroids and amphetamines while playing for the Mariners in 1998 and 1999...
Former Mariners outfielder Shane Monahan said he used anabolic steroids and amphetamines while playing for the Mariners in 1998 and 1999, according to a report Friday at ESPN.com.
Monahan said he believed steroid use was widespread in the Mariners’ clubhouse and throughout baseball in the late 1990s, and that amphetamines were used by almost every Seattle player, though he refused to name names. Monahan, in a story by ESPN.com investigative reporter Mike Fish, also said he believed then-manager Lou Piniella was aware of the culture in the clubhouse.
“I think he knew everything that was going on in his locker room,” said Monahan, now 33 and living Vail, Colo. “I just think he turned a shoulder to it and really didn’t care.”
Piniella, now manager for the Chicago Cubs, and current Mariners officials were not available late Friday.
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Monahan’s story comes about two weeks after the release of the 409-page Mitchell Report, which named 12 former players from the Mariners organization among 90 current or former players who used or possessed steroids or human growth hormone. Monahan’s name isn’t mentioned in the Mitchell Report, produced by former Sen. George Mitchell.
Monahan was a 24-year-old marginal player trying to stay in the major leagues when he said he started using steroids late in the 1998 season. His steroids were mainly Deca-Durabolin and Winstrol. The former Clemson star, a second-round draft pick in 1995, played 62 games in 1998 and 16 in 1999 for Seattle. His short stint in the big leagues ended with a .235 lifetime batting average.
Monahan’s statistics didn’t improve, but he told ESPN.com that he soon saw the effects of using steroids, growing from 190 to 215 pounds.
The 6-foot Monahan said he had “muscles on my body where I didn’t know you had muscles. I already ran fast. I could hit. I had a good arm. But all of a sudden, now recovery time felt better. Everything was a lot better.”
He added: “I saw what kind of money it is going to get you. I had great minor-league seasons, but I wanted to stay in the big leagues. I know my teammates and I know guys on other teams are doing it, and they’re hitting home runs left and right.”
Monahan, who said he stopped using steroids late in the 1999 season, said he decided to tell his story because he didn’t want others to make the same mistakes.
“I’m not a superstar,” Monahan told ESPN.com. “Nobody remembers who I am. But you know what? I don’t want kids from college or kids from high school going through what I had to go through. I certainly don’t want my son, 20 years from now, having to be faced with that decision so he could play professional sports.”
Monahan said he received steroids from “guys” who hung around the clubhouse, such as friends of players. He said he recalled paying cash and even baseball gear for steroids and amphetamines.
“There were two or three guys,” he said of suppliers, though he said he couldn’t recall their names. “You’d go up to them and say, ‘Hey, I need some greenies [amphetamines]. What is it going take?’ Well, it might be 100 bucks here. It is a jersey here, or a dozen baseballs and two bats. And you’d give it to them.”
Although Monahan refused to name any others players who used steroids, he said former Mariners catcher Dan Wilson was the only player he didn’t see using amphetamines or diet pills. The Mitchell Report did not deal with amphetamine use.
Four former players named in the Mitchell Report overlapped with Monahan in the M’s organization — David Segui, Ryan Franklin, Todd Williams and Glenallen Hill.
Monahan told ESPN.com that pressure to perform, the grind of playing baseball every day and long road trips made amphetamines widespread.
“We get beautiful accommodations, let’s say that,” he said. “But flying from Tampa to Seattle, three time [zone] changes, and then playing the next afternoon or night … all these guys are using them.”