"There can't be this hearsay. If you can prove it, then that's what it is," said Larkin, who will manage Brazil in March's World Baseball Classic. "If you can't prove it you're innocent until proven guilty."
These days, the 12-time All-Star discusses the dangers of steroid use with many of the young players he helps support through his Barry Larkin Charitable Foundation.
With a team in New Jersey, the Jersey City Reds, and two more on the way, one in Orlando — where he currently lives — and another in his hometown of Cincinnati, Larkin has ample opportunity to dissuade young athletes from using illegal substances.
"We talk about not cheating, we talk about shortcuts," Larkin said. "These kids are impressionable. They're very aware."