Since that time, a bottle labeled androstenedione, a testosterone-producing supplement, was found in Mark McGwire's locker in 1998 and the baseball world was forever changed by the revelation of performance-enhancing drugs. With stringent drug testing and the threat of suspensions and fines, players are much more diligent about what they ingest to try to improve their performance particularly in the final weeks of the playoffs. But once the season is over, preparation -- including workouts, diets and supplementation -- begins for the opening of camps just a few months away in February.
"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."