Bobby Valentine alleged on Thursday that someone instructed him to ignore possible PED use during his time as manager of the Texas Rangers.
Valentine said in an interview with WFAN he suspected that Ruben Sierra could be using PEDs but was told to not investigate.
“My first thought or inkling was back in the mid ’80s, when Ruben Sierra came to spring training and he had gained 30 pounds over the winter and I didn’t think he was a big weight lifter,” Valentine said. “So I tried to figure it out and investigate it. And then people told me it wasn’t some place I should be, so I never even looked again. And it was never brought up. To tell you the truth, I said, please, bring it up in my presence.”
Valentine was the manager of the Rangers from 1985-1992. Sierra and Valentine were together form 1986-1992.
During the interview Valentine wold not disclose who told him to stop looking into PED use. He did not say if the person was associated with the Rangers, MLB or Sierra.