Rounding out the group are a couple of standard baseball names, Mizuno and Rawlings , along with a couple of young companies that have made a splash lately. Tulo swung Tucci Lumber exclusively last year, a company founded by former first round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, Pete Tucci . Another company just recently breaking into the Bigs, California’s Trinity Bat Co., has gained a foothold with local sluggers Mark Trumbo and Adrian Gonzalez among others. SSK , though only represented consistently by Elvis Andrus lately, has had bigger names on and off throughout our last two seasons of research, including Pablo Sandoval (who wears their glove) and Robbie Cano.
There was another wave of steroid cases early in 2015, when four pitchers - Arodys Vizcaino , David Rollins , Ervin Santana and Jenrry Mejia were handed 80-game suspensions in the span of two weeks. All four tested positive for Stanozolol, the steroid once made famous when sprinting champion Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal and world record in the 100-meter dash at the 1988 Seoul Olympics . Given its long history of abuse, it was a very simple product to detect, making people wonder why anyone would risk so much by taking a something that was certain to be captured in a drug test.