Peep Show

Updated: March 3, 2004, 11:20 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Velarde
Velarde
Anaheim Angels: Tim Salmon was quite surprised to see Randy Velarde's name on the list of players who received steroids. "Randy was always a fitness freak -- he was always in great shape -- and I know what kind of effort he put in," Salmon told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. "It seems like guys use steroids as a shortcut, but he was not the kind of guy to do that." Salmon and Velarde were Angels teammates from 1996 to 1999. In what kind of shape was Velarde? DiGiovanna writes that he had so little body fat he often had to wear a jacket in the clubhouse to stay warm.

Baltimore Orioles: Either way, Jay Gibbons was going to be the go-to guy for the media in the midst of the ongoing steroid rage of Spring 2004. For one thing, he is the team's player representative, so he is going to get questions regarding the union's stance on steroid testing. For another, he is the best physical specimen on the team, so he is going to have to field questions about his own status. This, obviously, is not to his liking, reports the Baltimore Sun. "It's kind of like people are being convicted before they're even tested. Nobody knows who did what, you know what I mean? And it's really frustrating for a guy who works so hard, just to be accused of something."

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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