by Sam Levin
Albert Pujols definitely used performance-enhancing drugs.
After Slaten said on-air that he long believed Pujols "has been a juicer," Clark replied: "I know for a fact he was. The trainer that worked with him, threw him batting practice from Kansas City, that worked him out every day, basically told me that's what he did."
Chris Mihlfeld, once Pujols' personal trainer, directly admitted it to him more than a decade ago, Clark said.
Mihlfeld "had told me what he was doing with 'Poolie' -- threw him batting practice, worked him out, shot him up, all that stuff," Clark said on his show, the Post-Dispatch reports, noting that Pujols' agent this week declined comment.
Mihlfeld, however, is denying these latest accusations altogether.
Via NBC Sports, Mihlfeld offered this strongly worded statement:
I haven't even talked to Jack Clark in close to 10 years. His statements are simply not true. 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.
Why, then, is Clark making these comments?
"I have no idea. Alls I can say is that it is absolutely not true," Mihlfeld responded. "I never said those things to Jack Clark or anyone else because they never happened. That's all I need to say."
As the P-D notes, it has never been reported that Pujols failed an MLB performance-enhancing substance test or is under investigation.
In 2006, Pujols responded to the accusations, saying:
Why would I do something like that to my family? Why would I do something like that to God? Why would I do something like that to my team? Just to try to gain some small extra? It's part of what I believe: What you do in the dark will come into the light. I have nothing to fear. I'm just tired of hearing about it.
Clark this week told the P-D in an interview that he and Mihlfeld spent a lot of time together in 2000 when they were with the Los Angeles Dodgers, saying, "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.... 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 and he looked like he was going to be a star, keep an eye on him.''