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Roberts Still Shines After Shadow Cast by Mitchell Report

Written By: Andrew Mindzak

Just over 1 year ago, the Mitchell Report was unleashed upon the baseball world. Several big name players were pegged as cheaters once this report was made public. Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens, Eric Gagne, and Gary Sheffield just to name a few. One other player also named was the Baltimore Orioles' Second Baseman Brian Roberts.

In a statement that was released to the Associated Press, "In 2003, when I took one shot of steroids, I immediately realized that this was not what I stood for or anything that I wanted to continue doing. I never used steroids, human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing drugs prior to or since that single incident," Roberts stated.

Once the Mitchell Report came out, one might have been quick to judge him. However, according to Roberts, the year he tried them was in 2003, a year in which he hit only .270 with 5 home runs. That was two years before he had his breakout season in 2005 where he hit .314 with 18 home runs and 73 RBI. But his most impressive work was still ahead of him.

With the buzz from that report, and trade rumors involving shipping Roberts to the Cubs, that might be enough to cause anyone to go into a slump. But not Brian Roberts. B-Rob went out and had a great year for the Orioles, raising his average from .290 in 2007 to .296 in '08. He also set a career high for doubles, smacking 51 two-baggers.

Roberts showed he can play no matter what. With the 2009 season right around the corner, and Roberts name once again mentioned in trade rumors (most recently sending Roberts to the White Sox for Gavin Floyd), one thing you can count on is Roberts still having a solid year.

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