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THE SUREST sign that steroids are gaining acceptance in baseball: the first public admission of steroid use by a prominent former player. Ken Caminiti revealed to SI that he won the 1996 National League Most Valuable Player award while on steroids. Spurred to try the drugs by concern over a shoulder injury in early '96, Caminiti said that his steroid use improved his performance noticeably. He told SI that he used steroids so heavily in '96 that by the end of that season, his testicles shrank and retracted; doctors found that his body had virtually stopped producing its own testosterone; and that his level of the hormone had fallen to 20% of normal. "I've made a ton of mistakes," said Caminiti. "I don't think using steroids is one of them."
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