Reaction to Eric Gagne's PED claims
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said former teammate Eric Gagne should have named names when he alleged that 80 percent of his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates were using performance-enhancing drugs in a new biography.
Gagne, whose book is in French and titled: "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne," admitted using human growth hormone over five cycles in a three-year period toward the end of his career.
"He should have mentioned names," Beltre said. "I know for sure I'm not one of them. I haven't read the book. I'm not interested in it. He should have come up with names instead of a percentage."
Beltre, teammates with Gagne when the pitcher won the Cy Young in 2003, said he doesn't have any interest in reading the book, especially when informed it's in French.
He should have mentioned names. I know for sure I'm not one of them. I haven't read the book. I'm not interested in it. He should have come up with names instead of a percentage.” -- Adrian Beltre, on Eric Gagne's PED claims in his new biography
"My French is not too good," Beltre said. "Everybody has the right to say whatever they say. If they feel the need to write a book about it, what can I say?"
Gagne first admitted publicly to using HGH in 2010.
In the book, Gagne does not provide any names of players he says used PEDs. Baseball began stricter testing in the spring of 2006. Players are subject to HGH testing during spring training and in the offseason, but not during the season.
Beltre was not the only one to respond to Gagne's claims. Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura finished his 16-year career with the Dodgers in 2003-04, playing in a total of 151 games.
"Apparently, I'm the 20 percent," Ventura told MLB.com. "I don't, I mean, I was never around it. So it's just one of those (things) that maybe he knows something I don't."
Ventura also told MLB.com that he had a good relationship with Gagne as teammates.
"Yeah, he was fine," Ventura said. "I think that's different than what he's talking about. But it's just his own business and what he perceives. But I guess I'm going to have to go back and look at the roster."
"I was just a puppy," Jackson told MLB.com. "I was oblivious to everything. All I know was I was in the league. At that time, I was 20, 22. I was just worried about being in the league. I was just happy to be there. Everything else, I was out of the loop."
Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon was used in this report.