Baseball’s Cheaters and Villains

While many young children look up to Major League Baseball players as role models, many players have let them down. Click through to see some of baseball's more notorious cheaters and villains.

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EMPTY_CAPTION"I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time," Alex Rodriguez, who has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, told ESPN in 2009. "I did take a banned substance. And for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful." That admission, his record-breaking salary and other missteps have contributed to his unpopularity. The Yankees third baseman has been suspended without pay through 2014 for drug related allegations. Click through to see other baseball cheaters and villains.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Come clean as quickly as you possibly can," Pete Rose told USA Today. "If baseball wants to get you, they've got enough resources and enough investigators that they'll find a way to get you." Rose has been banned from baseball since 1989 and has since admitted to gambling on baseball during his playing days. His eligibillity for the Hall of Fame remains a hot-button issue for fans and sportswriters.
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George Steinbrenner, the late owner of the New York Yankees, led the sport's most storied franchise to unrivaled success, but his questionable ethics and tyrannical style caused conflicts and disciplinary actions over the years.
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One of the most successful pitchers in history, Roger Clemens' legacy has been tainted by accusations that he used steroids late in his career as well as indictment for lying to Congress. He was found not guilty of the perjury charges.
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Jose Canseco, who admitted to using steroids and said he would not have been a major league-caliber player without using the drugs, was a dominant force on the field. Off the field, his outspoken and outlandish style have made him plenty of enemies.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"The only reason I took steroids was for my health purposes," Mark McGwire told the MLB Network. "I did not take steroids to get any gain for any strength purposes." After denying steroid use for years, the former slugger finally came clean in 2010, but his magical, record-breaking season and impressive career had lost their luster.
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Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the 2013 season and admitted he "made mistakes" in violating Major League Baseball's drug policies. "I am not perfect," he said in a statement. Fans and other supporters that had stood by him were angered by the news.
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Manny Ramirez, who the New York Times calls "one of the greatest hitters in baseball history," tested positive for performance- enhancing drugs three times in his career. In 2011, the power hitter decided to retire instead of serving a 100-game suspension for his third offense.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I was wrong for doing that stuff," Jason Giambi said of his steroid use to USA Today. "What we should have done a long time ago was stand up - players, ownership, everybody - and said: 'We made a mistake.'" Giambi almost cried at a press conference as he accepted responsibility for taking the drugs. He is currently on the roster of the Cleveland Indians.
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Todd Williams is one of 89 players named in the Mitchell Commission report on steroid use in Major League Baseball. The former relief pitcher has a gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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Easily one of the biggest villains in the history of the game, Barry Bonds set the single season and career home run records but later admitted what had long been suspected - he used a performance enhancing drug . Bonds blamed his personal trainer, saying the star was unaware that the substances he was using were banned.
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