Texas Owner: Juan-Gone "Probably" Doped

Gonzalez is Rangers' boss biggest regret
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2007 4:35 AM CDT
Texas Owner: Juan-Gone 'Probably' Doped
Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks announces the firing of general manager Doug Melvin during a press conference held Sunday afternoon, October 7, 2001, at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.   (KRT Photos)

Texas owner Tom Hicks says he suspected slugger Juan Gonzalez had used steroids, judging from his body's early and expeditious breakdown. Hicks bemoaned his $24 million, two-year investment, which resulted in 152 games and 32 home runs during 2002-03. "We just gave that money away," he said.

Ex-Ranger and celebrated stoolie Jose Canseco also suggested Gonzalez used performance-enhancers in his 2005 tell-all book. The hitter's agent opined that Hicks's comments were "irresponsible," but commissioner Bud Selig will not discipline the owner for his remarks. (Read more MLB stories.)

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