In 1993, Barry Bonds began the second act of his career in San Francisco, after the small market Pirates simply could not afford his services. For the Giants, the gargantuan Bonds quickly emerged as the most feared batter of all time. In 1998, Buck Showalter and the Arizona Diamondbacks went so far as to call for an intentional walk on Bonds, with the bases loaded. For 2004, Bonds, at 39, drew 232 bases on balls, of which 120 were intentional walks. In all, Barry Bonds drew an unprecedented 2,558 walks and 688 intentional walks for his career.
Lest people think only hitters were using steroids, here we have the case of Roger Clemens, perhaps the best pitcher the last twenty years has seen. Clemens denies any steroid use to this day, but his name was mentioned 82 times in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in MLB. In the report, a New York Yankees trainer (Clemens was a Yankee during those years) stated that during the 1998, 2000 and 2001 baseball seasons he personally injected Clemens with steroids. In August, 2010, a federal grand jury indicted Clemens on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs. Though his trial was found to be a mistrial almost as soon as it began in July 2011.
[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]