Former Yankee and Met Shane Spencer Victim in Interview Hoax

  • Dave Ragazzo

No one’s heard much from Shane Spencer over the last few years.  After getting slight fame from his years with the Yankees from 1998-2002, he had a forgetful year with the Mets in 2004 in which he picked up a DUI after have “six or seven beers.”  Currently, he is the hitting coach for my hometown Somerset Patriots (Bridgewater, NJ) of the independent Atlantic League but he found his name in the news for a different reason on Monday.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, ESPN radio 104.5 in Albany NY did a podcast with a caller who they believed to be Spencer on Monday.  They kept the podcast on their website until 6 p.m. Tuesday before they discovered the interview was fraudulent.  In the interview, “Spencer” claimed to have taken steroids during his Yankee years and mentioned Yankees captain Derek Jeter.  When Jeter heard the interview, he contacted Spencer in the Patriots clubhouse and asked his former teammate about what he heard.

Shane Spencer, pictured here with the Mets, claims that it was not him who called into 104.5 FM in Albany.  PHOTO COURTESY:  GREGORY BULLl/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Shane Spencer, pictured here with the Mets, claims that it was not him who called into 104.5 FM in Albany. PHOTO COURTESY: GREGORY BULLl/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Spencer spoke to ESPN New York via telephone on Tuesday night and vehemently denied that he was part of the interview.

“I listened to (the interview) for about a minute and I about threw up,” Spencer said.  “I just want it out there that it wasn’t me.”

He later released a statement to the” Michael Kay Show” on ESPN radio 98.7 FM where he denied partaking in the interview and denied ever using steroids or PEDs.  Spencer insists that he wants to be a “positive role model” and that the hoax was “embarrassing.”

As of Tuesday night, it was unknown who committed the hoax and radio officials said they were investigating the matter.

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