NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In his memoir, “Long Shot,” Mike Piazza admits to using substances later banned by baseball.
But the Mets great says he never took illegal steroids. In published excerpts, Piazza wrote that he “was into power, not prison.”
“In my opinion — I want to be very clear about how I present this, OK? — if you don’t think that Mike Piazza did some type of steroid, you are crazy,” WFAN co-host Craig Carton said Monday morning.
Piazza said he took androstenedione and Ephedra before the substances landed on MLB’s banned list. He also said he took the anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, stimulants commonly known as “greenies,” and the asthma med Dymetadrine, according to the New York Post. Piazza wrote of a time when he asked former Mets trainer Fred Hina about human growth hormone, not knowing it was banned substance, the New York Times reported.
“You now want me to believe you’re willing to put all these random drug substances in your body for an edge, to help you get out of bed in the morning after catching 22 straight days, as he says, right? But, ‘I didn’t do steroids,'” Carton said. “Come on. Come on. Come on. Smoke, fire. Smoke, fire.”
Piazza never failed a drug test, hasn’t been directly linked to PEDs and wasn’t named in the Mitchell Report.
“Are we going to be that naive?” asked Carton.