March 12, 2005


Exclusive: FBI sources say McGwire was juiced (MICHAEL O'KEEFFE, CHRISTIAN RED & T.J. QUINN, 3/13/05, NY DAILY NEWS)

The recipe called for 1/2 cc of testosterone cypionate every three days; one cc of testosterone enanthate per week; equipoise and winstrol v, 1/4 cc every three days, injected into the buttocks, one in one cheek, one in the other.

It was the cocktail of a hardcore steroids user, and it is one of the "arrays," or steroid recipes, Mark McGwire used to become the biggest thing in baseball in the 1990s, sources have told the Daily News.

Long before Jose Canseco claimed he injected McGwire in the behind in his tell-all autobiography "Juiced," the man known as Big Mac denied ever using illegal steroids. But according to FBI sources, McGwire's name came up several times during "Operation Equine," a landmark anabolic steroids investigation that led to 70 trafficking convictions in the early 1990s. No evidence against McGwire or any other steroid user was collected, and one former agent who worked undercover in the case says McGwire was not a target.

But two dealers caught in Operation Equine told the Daily News that a California man named Curtis Wenzlaff provided Canseco and McGwire, among others, with illegal anabolic steroids. One informant in the case says Wenzlaff injected McGwire at a gym in Southern California on several occasions, and established "arrays" of performance-enhancing drugs such as the aforementioned cocktail.

He was the size of a horse...

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2005 11:30 PM

Perhaps in some respects.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 12, 2005 11:50 PM

The guy did hit 49 homers as a rookie, so it wasn't like he just developed power mid-career like Barry Big Head. Still, when he came back from his knee and feet problems, he did look more ripped than before.

Posted by: Foos at March 13, 2005 12:02 AM

They missed their chance, McGwire is out of baseball and he retired years ago. But that is typical of the FBI, a day late and a dollar short.

Normally, I would be upset about the FBI wasting its time and our money on nonsense like whether retired baseball players may have used steroids years ago. However, given that the normal behavior of FBI agents is selling secrets to the Russians, harassing Jewish organizations or helping New Orleans mobsters sell drugs, it's probably just as well.

Posted by: Bart at March 13, 2005 8:11 AM


Larry Sheets and Matt Nokes hit 30 in '87. I think Boggs had 25. It was the ball.

Posted by: oj at March 13, 2005 8:44 AM

In 1987, the Twins had 4 players--Puckett, Hrbek, Brunansky, Gaetti--hit 30. Puckett is the only player in the history of the game to hit 30 HRs after hitting none his rookie year, and the Twins have never had a 30 HR hitter since. Orrin is right about '87.

Posted by: Brian (MN) at March 13, 2005 4:12 PM

Tony Gwynn slugged .511 that year--the only time he broke 500 his first ten years in the game.

Posted by: oj at March 13, 2005 4:21 PM

So, what did Brady Anderson and Barry Bonds do to avoid congressional inquiry?

Posted by: Seven Machos at March 14, 2005 1:04 AM