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Next move for Pujols uncertain as lawsuit threat leads to firing of Clark

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Even if he never goes through with his threat of a lawsuit, Albert Pujols will have already gotten the best of Jack Clark.

Just hours after Pujols announced he was exploring legal action, WGNU-AM in St. Louis announced Saturday that they had terminated their relationship with both Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten after the former first baseman and hitting coach accused both Pujols and Justin Verlander of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clark claimed that his evidence was a conversation with personal trainer Chris Mihlfeld in which he was told that Pujols was using the illegal substances.

However, Mihlfeld denied that such a conversation ever took place and Pujols responded late Friday with a statement both denying drug use and announcing his intention to take legal action against both Clark and the station.

Clark's troubles deepened on Saturday when Verlander, the longtime ace of the Detroit Tigers, said that he too would be exploring his legal options.

The 57-year-old Clark played 18 years in the major leagues, primarily with the San Francisco Giants. He also played with the Cardinals, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, finishing his career with a .267 average and 340 home runs in 1,994 career games.

He is best known with Cardinals fans for hitting the pennant-clinching home run off the Dodgers' Tom Niedenfuer in Game 6 of the 1985 National League Championship Series. The Cardinals then ended up losing the World Series in seven games to intrastate rival Kansas City.

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