DETROIT, MI - APRIL 08: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox looks on while batting during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 8, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Red Sox 13-12 in 11 innings.
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz says he "never knowingly took any steroids" and he’s definitely a Hall of Famer.
The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter come in a column Thursday for The Players’ Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform.
Ortiz also voiced his displeasure that he will "always be considered a cheater" to his detractors. Ortiz contends nobody in baseball has been tested more for performance-enhancing drugs than he has — more than 80 times since 2004.
Ortiz writes: "I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will."
In 2009, Ortiz was on a list of 104 players who allegedly tested positive during Major League Baseball’s 2003 survey of steroid use — results that were supposed to be anonymous. Ortiz later said he wound up on the list because he used nutritional supplements and was careless about their contents.