A former trainer of Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols denied telling former major leaguer Jack Clark that Pujols took performance-enhancing drugs.
Clark accused Pujols of being a "juicer" on his radio show in St. Louis this week, and his comments were picked up by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Clark claimed that trainer Chris Mihlfeld told him in 2000 that Pujols, then 20, was using PEDs.
"I haven't even talked to Jack Clark in close to 10 years. His statements are simply not true," Mihlfeld told ESPN on Friday. "I have known Albert Pujols since he was 18 years old, and he would never use illegal drugs in any way. I would bet my life on it and probably drop dead on the spot if I found out he has. As before, once again both Albert and myself have been accused of doing something we didn't do."
Clark, a former San Francisco Giant and Cardinal, hit 340 homers during an 18-year major-league career. Clark said Mihlfeld told him that he gave PEDs to Pujols when he began training him while he was in high school.
In 2000, Clark was a hitting instructor for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He said Mihlfeld told him at the time that he "threw (Pujols) batting practice, worked him out, shot him up, all that stuff."
Pujols has denied using PEDs.
Clark also said that Mihlfeld asked him if he was interested in acquiring PEDs.
"I had asked him about conditioning and working me out, what he would do for me, and he asked me whether I had ever thought of taking some steroids," Clark said. "... He just told me that he wanted me to get started on steroids and he had some other guys that were doing it. He told me that's how he's conditioning this guy that he met out of high school and college (Pujols) and he looked like he was going to be a star, keep an eye on him."
Mihlfeld was linked to PEDs in 2006 when a pitcher he trained, Jason Grimsley, admitted to using them and was suspended.