Rangers Owner: Juan Gone Took Steroids

Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks accused former league MVP Juan Gonzalez of using steroids during his Major League career, but stopped after getting injured during his last stint with the ball club.

When asked if there were any decisions he regretted making since owning the team, Hicks responded by saying: “Juan Gonzalez for $24 million after he came off steroids, probably, we just gave that money away.” Hicks then added: “I have no knowledge that Juan used steroids. His number of injuries and early retirement just makes me suspicious. In any event, we paid him $24 million for very few games.”

Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list three times during the 2002 and 2003 seasons with Texas, suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb and a right calf injury. He played in 152 games over the two seasons, hitting .288 with 32 home runs and 105 RBI.

Admitted steroid-user Jose Canseco wrote in his book that he took steroids with Juan Gonzalez when they played together for the Rangers from 1992-1994. After his second contract expired with the Rangers in 2003, Gonzalez signed a $4 million contract with the Kansas City Royals. However, injuries continued to plague the outfielder and he appeared in only 33 games.

Gonzalez finished his career with a .295 batting average, 434 home runs, 1,404 RBI and 1,936 hits. He won the American League MVP in 1996 and 1999 and was a three-time All-Star.

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