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March 6, 2007 at 4:48 PM

Bell named in steroid probe

It’s been six years since David Bell last played third base for the Mariners, but his name still conjures up memories of the team’s glory days. Now, it’s conjuring up all types of things, mostly questions. This after SI.com, in its latest foray into the scandal surrounding Applied Pharmacy Services in Mobile, Ala., today named Bell as being on the company’s client list.
Bell told SI.com he received a shipment of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) last April but said the drug was prescribed “for a medical condition,” which he declined to disclose. The 34-year-old was battling back problems the past year while in the Milwaukee organization and did not have a job with any team this spring.
HCG is a peptide hormone that does have medical uses, most commonly as a fertility treatment for both females and males. It’s also increasingly used in the world of performance enhancing drugs, in combination with various anabolic androgenic steroid cycles.
Bell’s name was overshadowed in baseball circles Tuesday by the presence of onetime Atlanta Braves closer John Rocker on the same list. Rocker’s name was the one generating most of the attention outside of Seattle on Tuesday. But the presence of Bell is sure to raise questions amongst Mariners fans who already saw a major league high 11 players within the Seattle organization test positive for performance enhacing drugs in 2005. (The Mariners had one other player test positive in 2006).
It would be a shame if this was all some misunderstanding. If Bell was, say, seeking treatment that would help make it easier to conceive a child. But that’s the unfortunate reality of the steroid era in baseball. It will be interesting to see him shed more light on this issue.
Once again, Bell’s final — and most notable — stint for the Mariners came between 1999 and 2001. Only two or three players remain from that era. But it is an important era to Seattle baseball fans and Bell was an equally important part of it.

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