David Segui revealed tonight the extent of his personal steroid/PED use. Segui's story carries extra significance because he purchased steroids from 2 sources: Metboy Radomski, and a 'legal prescription from a Florida doctor'. Could this guy have broken the Mendoza line without steroids?
The Baltimore Sun (which has done a good job with the Oriole steroid/PED connection) rolls with this one. Segui gives a look inside the Radomski operation. Segui says he obtained anabolic steroids and clenbuterol from Metboy. It would also appear that he cycled steroids with HGH, as testing allowed.
What did Segui gain from the PEDs? Radomski started dealing roids and PEDs in 1995 so we assume Segui started PED use around 1995. In 1997 Segui putup 21, 67, .307. His slugging went over .500 for a couple years. He batted in over 100 RBI (2 teams combined) in 2000. Nothing spectacular. Wonder who's roster spot an enhanced mediocre Segui took.
Retired first baseman David Segui said today he has experimented with anabolic steroids, bought shipments from his friend, former New York Mets clubhouse attendant and admitted drug distributor Kirk Radomski, and reiterated he used human growth hormone with a legal prescription from a Florida doctor.
Segui's relationship with Radomski
Segui said he met Radomski after the Orioles traded him to the Mets in 1994; they became close friends and still talk by phone several times a week -- mainly about fishing and family.
A bodybuilder and personal trainer, Radomski initially assisted Segui with nutrition and weightlifting. Eventually, Segui said, he paid Radomski for various products, from legal supplements and workout gear to anabolic steroids and clenbuterol, an asthma drug that supposedly melts body fat and is on baseball's banned substances list. Segui also loaned Radomski money on occasion.
"It was stuff you do for a friend," he said. "I always had a feeling -- I knew when more and more guys were going through him -- that there is probably going to come the day when he is going to get caught."
But it wasn't as if Radomski was trying to operate a drug business, Segui said.
"If I needed to get something, anything, I'd go to him. He was someone you trusted," Segui said. "That's how he developed ... a clientele list."
Segui comments on the paper trail
Because Segui often paid Radomski with personal checks, he said he inadvertently created a paper trail. But Segui told his buddy not to cover for him.
"I'm pretty loyal to my friends," Segui said. "I told him don't lie about my situation or any contacts or dealings we've had. I don't want him to get into any trouble trying to hide anything we've done together. If I was engaged in something that's illegal and he got caught, it'd be hard to turn my back."
Other former and current players in the same situation have abandoned Radomski, Segui said.
"I'm the only one who talks to him, and that irritates me," Segui said. "I know a good bunch of guys that he was helping."
Comments on HGH an Jason Grimsley
Segui said he talked to Grimsley about hGH, but advised him only that he should visit a doctor and have his hormone-level tested.
Segui said he used hGH while with the Orioles, but obtained it with a prescription from a legitimate physician because his insulin-like growth factor readings were extremely low. He continues to take hGH daily.
Segui said he refused Mitchell's invitation to discuss the steroids issue. Players will be loathe to rat on other players juicing.
Nonetheless, let the confessions start.