April 24, 2005 |
Kevin Towers, the San Diego Padre general manager, cast himself into baseball's steroid furor by revealing he'd had dark suspicions about Ken Caminiti, and was called with a handful of fellow executives before the House Government Reform Committee. Steroids, as it turned out, were not Caminiti's ruin. Five months after his friend had died in a drug-ridden quarter of the Bronx, Towers would sit before Congress to take questions about the steroid era, as a face on the Caminiti experience.
January 23, 2005 |
There were moments of silence observed before the starts of both the National League and American League championship series last October. As ordered by baseball's commissioner, Bud Selig, those moments were in memory of Ken Caminiti. It might even be said that baseball's new attitude about steroid use began with those Caminiti moments. Look, maybe the prospect of impotence and urinary tract pain doesn't scare you. Maybe you're certain you'll never develop heart, kidney or liver disease.
November 2, 2004 |
The images of Ken Caminiti are familiar and indelible: * The scowl of the former National League most valuable player who once threatened to take a teammate outside and cure his attitude problem. * The determination of the competitor who once stumbled out of his clubhouse into 100-degree temperatures and shook off the effects of severe food poisoning long enough to smack two home runs and drive in four runs.
October 12, 2004 |
Less than 24 hours after former teammate Ken Caminiti died of a heart attack, veteran Houston Astros Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell lamented that their troubled friend did not turn to those who could have helped him overcome the drug abuse that may have contributed to his death. "I think the one thing that he didn't understand really is how many people out there loved him," Biggio said before Houston played Atlanta in Game 5 of the National League division series.
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October 12, 2004 |
This obituary appeared in some editions of Monday's Times. NEW YORK -- Ken Caminiti, the National League's 1996 most valuable player who admitted using steroids during his major league baseball career, has died. He was 41. Caminiti died Sunday of a heart attack while visiting friends in New York City, according to Rick Licht, his agent and lawyer.
October 11, 2004 |
Ken Caminiti, the 1996 National League most valuable player who later admitted using steroids during his major league career, died Sunday. He was 41. Caminiti died of a heart attack in the Bronx, said his agent-lawyer Rick Licht. The city medical examiner's office said an autopsy would be performed today, spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said. "I'm still in shock," San Diego Padre General Manager Kevin Towers said. "He was one of my favorite all-time players."