"It was the first number that I got assigned as a pro. You just take what they give you. I was a pitcher in Japan, and usually you wear No. 1, so I was No. 1. I was just happy to become a professional, and that's the number they gave me. In my third year, I had 210 hits, which broke the all-time record for a season in Japan. The most special number in our organization was 7, which belonged to Yutaka Fukumoto, who held the stolen base record. He was a fast outfielder, kind of similar to what I was at that time, and so that offseason, they offered to give me his number. But I declined and kept my 51. Looking back, I'm glad I kept that number."
The Story: In February 2005 Canseco released his autobiography and steroid tell-all, Juiced , Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big. In it he described himself as 'the chemist' having experimented on himself for years. He claimed to have educated and personally injected many players including Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jason Giambi. In his second book, Vindicated , Canseco added Magglio Ordonez to the list of players he had educated and injected with steroids. He also said he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a trainer/PED supplier after Rodriguez had asked where he could get steroids.
"In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret," Peralta said in a statement. "I apologize to everyone that I have hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers’ organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension. I love the fans, my teammates and this organization and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost."