Ex-Minor Leaguer May Sue MLB Over Steroid Use

A former minor league baseball player says that steroids ruined his chances at a profitable pro career. Not because he took any performance-enhancing drugs, but because other players did:

Washington Post Steroids Cartoon

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports that Rich Hartmann may file a class-action suit against Major League Baseball, claiming that steroid use gave some players an unfair advantage of getting a big-league gig.

Hartmann was a pitching prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in the mid-1990s, but now serves as a manager at a Manhattan bank. But he feels that drug use by others could have cost him a shot at counting millions of his own money, instead of balancing the bills of other customers.

He states, “Was I cheated of my dreams of a big-league career? I don’t know. But I do know there were thousands of guys who were right on the doorstep between 1990 and 2005, and they were cheated because they didn’t use steroids.”

Ex-teammates of Hartmann have told him they would join his lawsuit if he decides to file. The player spent most of his baseball career in the lower Class A leagues, but believes he could have gone higher, if not for the needlers being such pricks:

Sammy Sosa Mark McGuire

I hear these guys apologize to fans, but at least the fans got to see some cool stuff. They got to see tons of home runs. They got to see (Mark) McGwire and (Sammy) Sosa go at it for the season home run record in 1998. I’d love to see one of these guys apologize to the minor leaguers whose jobs they took with steroids.”

If it makes Hartmann feel any better, Roger Clemens has been sent down to the minors in recent seasons. But the Rocket will soon be back on the hill.