Whitey Herzog is calling BS on all of those managers that pretend they had no idea players were taking enhancements.
Whitey has never been one to shy away from the truth (he traded Gaslamp fav Keith Hernandez for Neil Allen in the 80's because KH was doing cocaine).
Lots of local STLians are seeing these comments as a direct jab at LaRussa too, who famously defended McGwire and has since lost a ton of credibility.
So, do other Gaslampers think Whitey is right or that he should keep his mouth shut (ala Joe Morgan)?
Speaking with Ch. 9 sports anchor Russ Salzberg, Herzog said that when he managed throughout the 1970s and '80s, cocaine was a bigger problem than steroids and HGH.
"I don't know how many games I lost as a manager because of drugs," Herzog said. "By the same token, I don't know how many games managers have won because of enhancement drugs."
Beyond radical changes in a player's physicality, added Herzog, a manager can't miss other changes.
"Being with players, today, from spring training to October, and you're around them every day, you know the personality changes, you know the ups and downs," Herzog said. "You can just about tell what's going on."