I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Most of you know that Jay Gibbons of the Baltimore Orioles has been accused of receiving hGH and other steroids from 2003-2005 (how many Orioles have ties to steroids now?). I only have this to say to Jay:
Well Jay, even if you were using them, they didn't help. At all.
Gibbons was another one of those prospects the Orioles were too reluctant to pass on. He kept the O's organization and fan base salivating with his tantalizing fan base. However, he just couldn't produce.
Not that good. In fact, his best power year was 2002 (28 HRs), a year before he started doing whatever he did with those drugs. Who knows, he might have had some cattle living in his backyard and was giving it to them. Anyway, in 2004, the only year he received the juice for the whole year, he had what could be his worst statistical season (some would say this year is worse). In 2004, he batted .246 with a .303 OBP with 10 homers and 47 RBIs in 97 games.
Gibbons can be seen as a player who destroyed his career with steroids. He could have been juicing before he reached the majors, but if you go by the 2003-2005 window, it seems he would have turned out fine based on his 2002 stats. As a 25-year old, Gibbons played in 136 games, hitting 28 HRs while batting in 69. His average, however, was a putrid .247.
It really is hard to tell. Based on his stats, steroids could have helped a little bit, but he was off and on, as evidenced by three seasons batting at .277 and four seasons under .247. Injuries have also played a big part in Gibbons' demise, a sign of steroid use. Still, to know for sure, we must hear it from the horse's mouth or a drug test. Either one works.
I say (and I hope the Orioles do too) good riddance to Jay Gibbons.
Well Jay, they might have helped a little bit, but you should have used the cream and the clear. I think they would have helped more than hGH.
Not that short, but pretty sweet, if I may say so.