The crazy Mike Trout HGH conspiracy theory is officially dead

As if this week in MLB couldn’t get crazier.

On the heels of the Astros cheating saga that has rocked the sport, the league and union on Friday dismissed an unsupported claim that Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout was using human growth hormone (HGH), the banned performance-enhancing drug.

“Since the inception of the MLB-MLBPA Joint Drug Prevention Program, no major league or minor league player has ever received a therapeutic use exemption for, or otherwise received permission to use, Human Growth Hormone (HGH),” read a joint statement from MLB and MLBPA.

Players can seek to use substances on baseball’s banned list through their personal physicians, but all requests must be approved by baseball’s doctors. According to the Los Angeles times, the majority of therapeutic use exemptions have been for drugs that address Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Though the statement did not mention the 28-year-old, three-time American League MVP by name, it was issued after the son of Yankees World Series 1998 MVP Scott Brosius accused Trout of using HGH.

“If you want to read something better, Mike Trout takes HGH for a ‘thyroid’ condition,” David Brosius wrote on Instagram, according to NBC Sports, as fallout from the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal was leading to upheaval across the sport. “It’s a loophole he found and the MLB doesn’t make it public because they don’t want fans knowing their best player is on HGH. But people within know …”

Mike Trout
Mike TroutAP

A day later, Brosius walked back his comment and said it “does not stem from information from my Dad or sources within MLB and has no evidence behind it.”

Scott Brosius, the former Yankees third baseman, was the Mariners’ third base coach in 2018 — the Angels and Mariners play in the same division.

But the retraction did not kill the story, as Reds’ pitcher Trevor Bauer then told Yahoo that Trout had an exemption from the league for therapeutic HGH to help a thyroid issue, and that players don’t care about it.

Bauer later said he didn’t know whether Trout had been granted an exemption.

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