22 years ago, the memorable episode in the history of baseball occurred. Brady Anderson’s outfielder Baltimore Orioles hit over 50 homeruns. It is thought that Anderson had recourse to steroids during the season in 1996 for increasing his sport performance. Nevertheless, no exact evidences are available. There are only conjectures.
Some biographical facts
The future sportsman was born in the Washington suburb, Silver Spring, Md. He spent his childhood California, where he finished Carlsbad high school, Calif. He was admitted to the California-Irvine University, where he proved himself as assiduous student. It was 1985 when Boston Red Sox won a game with Anderson by a score 6-1. While playing in minor league he managed to gain perspective achievements and prove himself as a talented player. His first full-fledged playing season (MLB season), which was in 1986 is associated with 319/.459/.504 hits. He played for Winter Haven Red Sox of the Florida State League. The results were impressive. He amazed both spectators and other players by high speed (44 stolen bases), great power (incredible 19 doubles, twelve homeruns and eleven triples) and his unbelievable patience, which manifested itself in 107 walks. The combination of all these skills made his name. In the end of the playing season in 1987 Anderson participated only in 75 games, due to the severe ankle injury, which he sustained in the night club accident.
In more tense and tough competitions Anderson managed to demonstrate .321/.457/.474 hits in upper junior leagues. The year after that Anderson, who was already 24-year-old player and had considerable experience debuted in MLB playing for Red Socks.
In the summer of 1988, Mike Boddicker closed a deal about buying Anderson along with Curt Schilling to Baltimore Orioles. Headed by Baltimore Orioles Anderson after successful performance in the Boston season in 1990 was traded once more to Houston Astros for Glenn Davis. Anderson belongs to those 5 players, whose acquiring gave the team more preferences, than the team, which traded the players. Almost all teams were ready to acquire such perspective player.
Both 1993 and 1995 seasons were almost identical upon criterion of productivity for Anderson. Davey Johnson – Orioles manager, who started to head in 1996 remarked the power & speed of the young Anderson. At the same time, he animadverted the player’s uppercut swing.
Injury of Brady Anderson
1997 was not very rosy period for Anderson. He did not manage to show his best during spring training season, which almost broke him and his self-belief. After that the situation worsen more. Anderson suffered an injury and having neck soreness was included into the list of disabled players, which, obviously, prevented him from participating in the next season. It was rather severe injury, which was sprained right sternoclavicular joint strain and tension of the right neck muscle and trapezius. It was very important muscle and joint group for the player, who had to hold his hand in the low position and then bring them up for performing the hitting.
It was miserable season for him. Nevertheless, he managed to get a grip on oneself and perform even better in the next season after injury recovering. The final peak of his career dates back to 2002, when performed as Cleveland Indian player.
According to the theoretical assumption, Brady Anderson took anabolics (PEDs) all 1996 season. Then he stopped its using and started “natural” sport way. On our humble opinion this theory not at all an unlikely scenario, since there was a peak of steroid era. Besides, it was incredible results, which the player managed to demonstrate on the field. But remember, that we cannot say for sure, operating only sick theories.
Of course, Anderson, personally, rejected taking PEDs, which was quite expected position, since no player who use steroids wish other to know this fact. It worth noting, that the player was not included into Mitchell Report, which is the most respectful PEDs tester. There is an obvious question: if the athlete took anabolics, why there were no evidences in the Mitchell Report? It’s unreasonable to claim that the player used steroids by reference to his splendid success in home runs.
The way of steroids activity should not be ignored while arguing about Anderson’s steroid use. The player was more than mad in trainings. One of his teammate Cal Ripken Jr. said that he stood ahead of the curve regarding his diet and general regiments. The organization knew it very well, since Anderson was depicted as a small cartoon character who lift heavy weights in Baltimore Orioles media. As you know, the beginning of using steroids allows the athlete to gain 25-30 pounds during the cycle of three month. Anderson, visually gained no pound. Subsequently, the theory of his steroid using is more than unfounded.
All this career resulted only in 16 pounds gained. When beginning his sport career in 1989 he weighed 186 pounds. His weight changed from 185 to 195 pounds till the end of 1998. The peak was in 1999, when he weighed almost 202 pounds. He ended his career with this weight.
The decreasing of the player’s weight was during 1995-1996, when he lost 5 pounds and weighed 190 pounds. If Anderson used steroids, even several month cycle he would definitely gain the weigh to 210-215 pounds in the offseason, which actually did not occurred. Let’s compare it with Barry Bonds, who gained 16 pounds from 1996 to 1997 and 18 pounds from 2000 to 2001. As you see, there were several leaps in the player’s weight. Most of them were not considerable and could be easily explained.
Gaining weight is an integral part of taking steroids (read more on cortisone shots and weight gain). Players take them for the sake of gaining huge muscle mass, which will help them to make their hits more powerful. Anderson, in turn, managed to lose weight in some seasons. It means, that if Anderson took steroids then he is the worst steroid user of the history. Of course, losing weight is also possible consequence of taking these drugs, but this is needed in the frame of preparation to bodybuilding competitions. There are no purposes to lose weight outside of this process. If the players are willing to hit as many home runs as possible, he will never cut his weight. It is impossible to gain muscle mass for increasing the power and lose pounds simultaneously. That is why there were no reasons for Anderson to use steroids for cutting weight, since his power would not progress at all.
The only one fact, which proves that Anderson had an attitude towards steroid taking is the period between 1997 and 1998, during which the player gained 12 pounds and weighed 202 pounds. However, this is not convincing evidence. At first, this weight is not considerable. Secondly, it seems to be unreasonable to take steroids during the collapse in the career, caused by injury. There is a sensible explanation of the weight gaining. Being injured in 1997, Anderson had very moderate physical activity. At the same time he consumed the same quantity of calories. It slowed down his metabolism and lead to 12 extra pounds. Inconspicuous weight gaining from 1996 to 1997 should not be taken into consideration, because it is more than easy to gain several pounds in offseason naturally. There is no sense to use steroid for it. If Anderson did use steroids and gained such miserable weight, he, indeed, the worst steroid user in the history.
The bottom line on Brady Anderson and steroids
As you see, we have not found enough evidences, which definitely prove that Anderson used steroids like boldenone and Sustanon to achieve such incredible results in sport. If he did it, it was not more than the one episode in 1996 season. Comparing to other players who literally use steroids on the regular basis, Anderson’s experience is a mere trifle. We should not accuse him. We hope, he is completely clear player, who is justly recognized as outstanding baseball player.