STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -Former Major League player Ed Sprague said he used Androstenedione and amphetamines before either was banned in the game.
Sprague, now baseball coach at University of the Pacific, said he started using Androstenedione in the mid-to-late 1990s. He hit a career-high 36 home runs in 1996.
``It could have been '96...'' Sprague told the Stockton Record. ``I could have taken Andro then ... and I might have. I don't remember everything I took.''
Sprague averaged about 14 home runs per season over his 11-year career in the majors, most of it with the Toronto Blue Jays. He finished with 152 homers and 558 RBIs.
``Andro'' was a dietary supplement popularized in the 1990s by sluggers such as Mark McGwire. Baseball banned Andro in 2004 after federal officials prohibited its sale because its use posed significant health risks. Andro was reclassified as an anabolic steroid in 2005.
Baseball did not ban amphetamines, which boost energy, until 2006.
``That was an ultimate part of the game,'' Sprague said of amphetamines. ``It was in the locker room forever. It was either a diet pill or a caffeine pill or whatever it was to give you more energy, and that was more prevalent than anything else.''

Top MLB Public Bets

#2 955 New York Mets  79%
#3 976 Cleveland Indians  79%
#5 969 Houston Astros  77%
#6 968 Chicago Cubs  76%
#7 966 Seattle Mariners  70%
#8 964 Tampa Bay Rays  67%
#9 960 Toronto Blue Jays  65%
#10 962 Detroit Tigers  64%

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Pirates vs. Giants Prediction Will the Pirates hand the Giants a loss tonight when the teams open a new series in San Francisco at 10:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Twins vs. Dodgers Prediction Will the Twins and Dodgers play under the betting total tonight when the teams open a new series at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Mets vs. Padres Prediction Will Mets' ace Jacob deGrom shut down the Padres tonight when the teams meet at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Red Sox vs. Mariners Prediction Will tonight's Red Sox and Mariners matchup fall under the betting total when the teams meet at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Braves vs. Diamondbacks Prediction Will Zack Greinke lead the Diamondbacks to victory tonight against the Braves at 9:40PM ET?

MLB Team Pages