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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: With Tom House’s testimony that he did steroids and HGH in the 1970s, I wonder if former Reds pitchers with short staying power like Pat Darcy, Rawly Eastwick and Will McEnaney did them, because they were gone after three years? — DAVAN, DAYTON
A: Why are you picking on The Big Red Machine’s bullpen? If Darcy and Eastwick did steroids, they didn’t work because those two were as skinny as your index finger. Eastwick pitched for the Reds from 1974 until 1976 and took free agency and signed with the Yankees. Darcy pitched from 1975-76 and was traded to the Cardinals for pitcher Mike Cardwell and Darcy never pitched in the majors again due to injures. Remember the famous Tony Perez trade to Montreal for pitchers Woodie Fryman and Dale Murray? Awful. What most fans forget is that the Reds also included McEnaney in that trade after he pitched from 1974 to 1976 for the Reds. So it was President/GM Bob Howsam who determined their fates, not steroids.