From the Daily News:
Gary Sheffield’s claims that he never knowingly used steroids take a beating in the book that has already devastated Barry Bonds’ assertions.
“Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports,” by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, alleges extensive use of testosterone, human growth hormone, “the cream” and “the clear,” contradicting his claim in 2004 that he only used a cream he thought “was like a cortisone to heal (surgical) wounds.”
The book, which is in stores on Thursday, also describes Jason Giambi’s steroid use, including the fact that he received the BALCO drugs at his home and his parents’ home, but there are no notable revelations about Giambi because, unlike Bonds and Sheffield, he gave himself up to the BALCO grand jury in 2003.
Major League Baseball officials did not respond immediately to calls for comment, but with commissioner Bud Selig preparing to announce an investigation into Bonds, Sheffield may also find his own past being probed.
Here’s the hole in this thing: Sheffield trained with Bonds in the Bay Area during the winter of 2001-02.
And, Sheffield’s production in 2002 was down, power-wise. His HR% was much lower than in 2001. And, his Isolated Power (ISO) really took a nose dive in 2002 (from .272 to .205).
Further, when Sheffield’s “power” returned in 2003, it was at the level where it was in 2001.
So, if Sheffield did do something with Bonds in that off-season, it hurt him more than it helped him. If they do any probe of Sheffield, I hope they notice that the “E” in “PED” is missing in his case.