Jocketty apologizes on behalf of Cards organization
DENVER -- St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty apologized to the Colorado Rockies for comments by radio broadcaster Wayne Hagin suggesting Colorado first baseman Todd Helton used steroids.
"He said on behalf of their organization that he was sorry, and that Todd Helton is one of the finest people in baseball," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said after a conversation with Jocketty on Monday.
Hagin was a Rockies announcer before taking a job with the St. Louis team.
Dan Farrell, the Cardinals' senior vice president of marketing and sales, said Hagin would not be disciplined.
"It's the Cardinals' understanding that the comments were taken out of context. It's been clarified as to specifically what Wayne was talking about," Farrell said. "We apologize to Todd and to the Rockies for any problems this may have caused. As far as we are concerned, it's a closed matter."
In an interview Saturday with a St. Louis radio station, Hagin said, "I know (Helton) tried it because (former Rockies manager) Don Baylor told me. He said to me, 'I told him to get off the juice, that he was a player who didn't need that, get off it."
The comment was widely reported as a reference to steroids, but Hagin has insisted he was talking about supplements.
"Not once did I say 'steroids," Hagin said. "They have sensationalized this."
Baylor later said he was referring to creatine, a legal over-the-counter supplement.
Helton denied using steroids.
"It's frustrating and disappointing that you have to defend yourself for something you didn't do just because some guy wants to talk to hear himself talk," Helton said in Tucson, Ariz., where the Rockies are in spring training.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press