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January 20, 2000
Re "Rocker Was Simply a Talk-Radio Parrot," Commentary, Jan. 17: Alan Dershowitz's column is an upside-down condemnation of the 1st Amendment. The sadder perspective places millions of listeners in front of their radios taking comfort from hearing their already formulated beliefs reinforced by the lowest common denominator of broadcaster. Rush Limbaugh did not create Rocker; Rocker created Limbaugh. Just as 65 years ago, similarly inclined listening audiences found Father Coughlin on the radio and elevated him to national prominence and wealth.
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July 11, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
John Rocker, the hard-throwing left-handed reliever who often opened his mouth and inserted his foot while playing in the majors, was at it again this week, saying baseball was more entertaining and a better game when players were using performance-enhancing drugs. Rocker, whose rants in the past were sometimes racist and usually offensive, told a CBS Sports Radio show on WRKR-FM in Cleveland on Tuesday that people were getting their money's worth when the players were juiced. “Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game," Rocker said of the steroids era. "At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it's almost like the circus is in town.
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July 11, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
John Rocker, the hard-throwing left-handed reliever who often opened his mouth and inserted his foot while playing in the majors, was at it again this week, saying baseball was more entertaining and a better game when players were using performance-enhancing drugs. Rocker, whose rants in the past were sometimes racist and usually offensive, told a CBS Sports Radio show on WRKR-FM in Cleveland on Tuesday that people were getting their money's worth when the players were juiced. “Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game," Rocker said of the steroids era. "At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it's almost like the circus is in town.
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February 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
ATLANTA -- John Rocker said Monday that he flunked a drug test ordered by Major League Baseball in 2000 and also said he, Alex Rodriguez and other Texas Rangers were advised by management and union doctors on how to effectively use steroids. "Bud Selig [baseball's commissioner] knew in . . . 2000 John Rocker was taking the juice," the ex-pitcher said on Atlanta radio station 680. "Didn't do anything about it."
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March 2, 2000
EDITOR'S NOTE--Atlanta Brave relief pitcher John Rocker wrote this column for today's editions of The Atlanta Constitution. An arbitrator cut Rocker's suspension Wednesday from 28 to 14 days, allowed him to attend spring training and reduced his fine from $20,000 to $500: * In a December issue of Sports Illustrated, I made several comments of which I am ashamed. In reading the article, I realized that in three major areas, I have hurt people.
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June 30, 2000
Statement made Thursday by Atlanta Brave reliever John Rocker before the game against the New York Mets: First of all, I would like to say that I am happy to be back in New York, believe it or not. I've been involved in some great games and always seem to pitch well here. Unfortunately, the situation has continued to escalate about my presumed hatred for the people of New York. The comments I made over six months ago offended many people.
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February 13, 2000 | DAVE KINDRED, SPORTING NEWS
Watching the 11 o'clock sports news the past month was enough to convince me that the world had gone mad. I saw a wide receiver in handcuffs charged with murder. I saw a middle linebacker in handcuffs charged with murder. I saw a sport utility vehicle that had been speeding on ice, the vehicle now a wreck, a linebacker paralyzed and later dying. I saw a Porsche cut in two, a basketball player dead.
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February 12, 2005
News item: Jose Canseco announces that he also regularly injected John Rocker with imbecile cream. David Macaray Rowland Heights
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January 22, 2000
If Al Campanis had to go, John Rocker has to go. Fair is fair. MIKE McDONALD North Hills
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March 18, 2000
I thought nothing more could possibly be added to the John Rocker saga, and then he gets a standing ovation. I'm so confused. GARY DURRETT Glendale
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March 25, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Retired pitcher John Rocker, perhaps best known for the comments he made during the 1999 Braves-Mets playoff series, has been in New York, promoting a reality series in which he's one of the stars. That's not all, according to a New York Post gossip column, which reports that the former Atlanta reliever has been seen "snuggling" with fitness model Alicia Marie, who is black. The Post inquires, "Has race-baiting ex-Atlanta Brave pitcher John Rocker turned over a new leaf?" Off her rocker?
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February 12, 2005
News item: Jose Canseco announces that he also regularly injected John Rocker with imbecile cream. David Macaray Rowland Heights
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May 28, 2003 | From Associated Press
Reliever John Rocker was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday. Rocker had been pitching for double-A Orlando. The left-hander made two appearances earlier this season for the Devil Rays, giving up one run, two hits and three walks in one inning. Tampa Bay has 10 days to trade, release or assign him to the minors. Devil Ray General Manager Chuck LaMar hopes to sign Rocker to a minor league deal if he clears waivers. "He'll clear in my opinion," LaMar said.
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May 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
Reliever John Rocker was sent back to the minor leagues after two poor outings, with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays optioning the left-hander to double-A Orlando to clear a roster spot for shortstop Julio Lugo, who was signed Thursday after being released by the Houston Astros. Rocker was called up from Orlando on May 9. He faced eight batters and six of them reached base, three on walks. Overall, he gave up one run in one inning. Lugo was Houston's opening day shortstop and batted .
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May 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
John Rocker returned to the majors with cheers. He departed after two walks to a smattering of boos. Jim Parque didn't a give up a hit until the seventh inning in his first start off the disabled list and Rocker struggled in relief in his Tampa Bay debut, but the Devil Rays beat the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, Friday night at St. Petersburg, Fla. Rocker walked both batters he faced in the eighth inning.
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October 4, 2002 | From Associated Press
The Texas Rangers have decided they no longer require the services of John Rocker. They put the one-time star closer on waivers Thursday for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Rocker is 13-22 with 88 saves in 278 major league appearances with Atlanta, Cleveland and Texas. In 1999, his first full major league season, he had 38 saves as Atlanta went to the World Series. He had 24 saves for the Braves in 2000.
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March 3, 2002
"I think it's a 'Friday the 13th' type movie. It's just one of those cheesy little 'B' movies." John Rocker, commenting on his role as a homicidal maniac in the movie "The Greenskeeper."
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September 28, 2002
Dear Sportswriters: You crucified John Rocker because he spoke in private to a sportswriter and crudely but clearly explained why he did not like New York or New Yorkers. I have heard many people say much the same thing. John Rocker did not break any laws or try to physically injure anyone that I know of. This creep Randy Moss broke the law, interfered with the duty of a traffic officer, and apparently committed assault on a traffic officer with his vehicle. Why aren't you verbally crucifying Randy Moss?
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September 28, 2002
Dear Sportswriters: You crucified John Rocker because he spoke in private to a sportswriter and crudely but clearly explained why he did not like New York or New Yorkers. I have heard many people say much the same thing. John Rocker did not break any laws or try to physically injure anyone that I know of. This creep Randy Moss broke the law, interfered with the duty of a traffic officer, and apparently committed assault on a traffic officer with his vehicle. Why aren't you verbally crucifying Randy Moss?
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August 6, 2002 | From Associated Press
Texas Ranger pitcher John Rocker issued a written apology Monday for anti-gay remarks he made toward patrons of a popular eatery. Rocker said he was with his girlfriend on Sunday at Breadwinners Cafe & Bakery in Dallas when some customers began badgering him. "It seemed as if they were trying to bait me with suggestive comments," Rocker said in the statement. Rocker said he finished his meal and got up to leave.
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