Caminiti, who played 10 of his 15 big league seasons with the Astros, is known among national baseball fans as being one of the first players to publicly admit to using steroids during his career in a revealing 2002 Sports Illustrated interview. In Houston, Caminiti is revered as the hard-charging third baseman who thrilled fans in the Astrodome and charmed them off the field.
Former Astros pitcher Rob Mallicoat, who was teammates with Caminiti in both the minors and majors, described his friend perfectly when he told Good, “He burned the candle not on one or both ends, but both ends and in the middle.” That’s a description of Caminiti’s life inside and outside of baseball.
Caminiti, who struggled with addiction for much of his adult life, died of a drug overdose in 2004 at the age of 41.
Here’s what we learned about Ken Caminiti in the new book …
How he got his steroids
Ken Caminiti of the San Diego Padres looks on as he adjust his batting gloves during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Jack Murphy Stadium on May 5, 1996 in San Diego, California. Ken Caminiti played for the Padres from 1995 – 1999.
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In his famous interview with Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, Caminiti said he would go to Mexico to get the steroids himself, but he was covering for his childhood friend Dave Moretti, who spoke to Good…