Feb. 17, 2003 // Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler, 23, died of heatstroke while training with the team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A coroner ruled that Bechler's use of an ephedra-based diet product was a significant factor in his collapse and death.
February 2005 // In his new book, former major leaguer Jose Canseco made steroid allegations involving three 2005 Orioles - Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and - and one other player who was attempting to make the team, Glen Burnie's Tony Saunders. Canseco said he was a teammate of Palmeiro's in Texas and Saunders in Tampa Bay when they used steroids. He made assumptions about Tejada and Sosa but said he had no proof on either. All the players denied the allegations.
March 17, 2005 // Prompted by Canseco's book, the House Committee on Government Reform held an all-day steroids hearing in Washington. Those subpoenaed to testify included Palmeiro, Sosa, Canseco and former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire. Palmeiro emerged as the most convincing when he wagged his finger and adamantly denied ever using steroids.
Aug. 1, 2005 // Just weeks after getting his 3,000th hit, it was announced at a Camden Yards news conference that Palmeiro had tested positive for a steroid (stanozolol) in May. His 10-day suspension began that evening.
Sept. 22, 2005 // The Sun learned Palmeiro told an arbitration panel he tested positive after receiving a vial of liquid vitamin B-12 from a teammate, who was later identified as Tejada. A congressional committee investigated the claims, tested samples of Tejada's B-12 and said there were no positive matches.
Shooting up B-12
Nov. 10, 2005 // A congressional committee report revealed that Tejada and two unidentified teammates had repeatedly injected each other with liquid vitamin B-12, which is not a steroid but is available in liquid form only through a prescription in the United States. The committee also ruled it didn't have enough evidence to determine whether Palmeiro perjured himself at the March hearing.
Grimsley's affidavit goes public