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Sheen used steroids for 'Major League'

Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 2:04 pm
Charlie Sheen

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Uh oh, Congress may investigate Hollywood now.

In a bombshell that makes you question everything you ever grew up thinking, Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn has admitted to using steroids.

From Sports Illustrated's feature on the modern-day classic, Major League, Charlie Sheen admits to his use of performance-enhancing drugs:

[L]et's just say that I was enhancing my performance a little bit. It was the only time I ever did steroids. I did them for like six or eight weeks. You can print this, I don't give a f---. My fastball went from 79 to like 85.

Two things about how this messes with the conventional wisdom on steroids:

1. If there were steroids in baseball movies in 1989, there were certainly steroids in the game.

2. It's not just the hitters who benefited from the use of steroids, the pitchers saw a difference, too. If Sheen can go from 79 to 85 on his fastball, how about a real professional pitcher?

There's also those on the other side who say steroids don't make any difference. Sheen disagrees with them.

Tony La Russa, meanwhile, continues to deny any knowledge of steroid use in baseball or movies.

Hat tip to the folks over at Big League Stew.

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Category: MLB

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:08 pm

Sheen used steroids for Major League

Is this really something worth writing about? Slow day in real sports today?

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:19 pm

Doesn't really prove anything

Okay, here is my problem with people trying to use this as some definitive proof of the impact of steroids on pitchers:

  1. If you start intensely working on any physical attribute you will experience great improvement in the first 6 weeks even without steroids.  A long time ago I decided to focus on how many push-ups I could do in a minute and went from say 20 to over 30 in a matter of weeks, for example.
  2. On any given day a professional pitcher might have a top speed of say 88 MPH one day and a few weeks before or after might have a top speed of 92 MPH.  Arm or legs being tired, injuries, etc. all play a role.
  3.  Given that this was 1989, it is highly possible that Mr. Sheen could be wrong on the exact numbers.
  4. Mr. Sheen’s technique likely may have improved in the course of 6 weeks, which could add to his velocity.

I am not saying that steroids couldn’t add to a pitcher’s velocity, just that Charlie Sheen’s remembrance is certainly no definitive proof of that.  It would take a controlled study of many players of all levels, testing various possible factors simultaneously to determine the true average impact, if any, of steroids on pitch speeds.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:12 pm

Sheen used steroids for Major League

I use steroids just to play in the fantasy baseball league.  Who cares?  Ricky Vaughn was my idol, so was Big Mac, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sylvester Stalone.  I'm from St. Louis and Tony LaRussa is probably on steroids...I mean he did have the shingles.  Go Cardinals.

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:32 pm

Sheen used steroids for Major League

Little known fact: In April 2006, Jonathan Papelbon changed his hair to a Mohawk style, after Charlie Sheens's character Ricky Vaughn from the film Major League due to a wager with teammate Kevin Youkilis in which they bet whether he could start the season with 10 scoreless innings.

Go Yankees

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:19 pm

Sheen used steroids for Major League

I don't get it.....I don't get the people who think Sheen is lying about this......I mean, I know he's an attention w hore, but the idea of him taking steroids for a film isn't really all that unbelievable, especially considering all the substances he has put in his body.

I also don't get the people who can't fathom Sheen being able to hit the mid-80s on a radar gun. That's really not all too impressive, considering I see guys hitting 70s and 80s on the radar gun at the local amusement park. They can't locate for crap when they throw that hard, though, and that right there is what makes MLB pitching so impressive: the ability to locate a ball while throwing it at 80+ or 90+ mph. I'm guessing all the posters who have said something like, "No way Sheen could hit 80 mph!" were probably just making a statement about themselves and substituting 'I' with 'Sheen'.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:51 pm

Sheen used steroids for Major League

People, get a grip: It's CHarlie SHEEN we're talking about.  Just look at his hat, that tells you everything you need to know.  It's stupid on so many different levels.

#1: absolutely NO relevance to actual professional baseball.  Who cares if he did it?

#2: not the most trustworthy source of information we're dealing with.

#3: he's become a major attention whore-- what else would he say?

#4: the Georgia Tech shirt isn't #helping.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:46 pm

Sheen used steroids for Major League

this is obviously a joke, right?

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:40 pm

Sheen used steroids for Major League

It's amazing that some people are so naive to think that steroids wouldn't help someone. Of course it helped: that's why they did it! There is a reason that Sosa, McGwire, and Bonds all hit more home-runs in season then anyone else and there is a reason that Bonds had his best seasons in his upper 30's. Pete Rose got a life-time ban for gambling; as far as I am concerned, what these players did was just as bad. None of them should be allowed into the Hall of Fame, and anyone with half a brain knows that the real home-run records still belong to Roger Maris and Hank Aaron.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:30 pm

Sheen used steroids for Major League

Well Bud should have a rough time with this one.  First off, if steriods can give you an added 7mph on your fastball, after just taking them for six weeks, every pitcher from her on in should get tested before EVERY start.  I like Tony as a manager, but if he's is still trying to stick to his "I know nothing about steroids in baseball" after his long ties with Mark and Jose, and every other big leaguer, then he also doesn't have a clue on how much credibility he is looseing with his fans.  NOBODY IS THAT STUPID!

Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:25 pm

Sheen used steroids for Major League

Next we will here that Rachel Phelp's Mothered a love child to Willie Mays Hays.... When will the Madness end!!

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