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Saturday 23, Aug 2014

  Anthony Bosch Surrenders To DEA

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Anthony Bosch Surrenders To DEA

Anthony P. Bosch, the businessman at the center of the South Florida doping scandal, has surrendered to Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

Bosch was involved in one of the longest-running dramas in baseball that ensnared baseball All-Stars like Alex Rodriguez. His involvement with baseball stars gave a bad name to anti-aging clinics and roiled the MLB Commissioner’s office. Bosch and a half dozen of his associates were charged by the prosecutors with distributing the anabolic steroid Testosterone to hundreds of people, including high school athletes. With Bosch’s assistance, MLB gave the longest doping ban in baseball to Rodriguez and suspended 13 other players, including stars like Ryan Braun and Nelson Cruz.

The 50-year-old Bosch had struck a deal with prosecutors even before his arrest. Bosch was asked to help prosecutors expose his network to get a lenient sentence after entering a guilty plea. Bosch faces 10 years in prison.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Bosch and two of his associates formed a company called Scores Sports Management, Inc. in March 2011. This company took preloaded syringes of testosterone for aspiring baseball prospects, ages 12 to 17, in Dominican Republic. Until late 2012, Bosch continued to dispense performance-enhancing drugs. Previously, Bosch denied giving performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players but later became the star witness for Major League Baseball against Alex Rodriguez.

Bosch started offering Testosterone and other chemicals beginning in October 2008 to patients at the anti-aging clinics he co-founded in South Florida. Bosch forged prescriptions and scoured the black market to obtain the drugs. Some of Bosch’s patients were high school students, ages 15 to 17, who would visit him with their parents. Prosecutors remarked Bosch admitted to treating at least 18 minors.

The court document said the clinics’ customers were not only ordinary people who just wanted to improve their physical appearance, but also others with different motives, professional baseball players (or athletes), minor league players, and college and high school baseball players who wanted to increase their athletic prowess by using performance-enhancing drugs.

Bosch regretted his actions, said Joyce Fitzpatrick, a spokeswoman for Bosch. In a statement, she said Tony Bosch recognizes that he has made mistakes in the past and has spent the past year working hard to correct those mistakes and added Tony Bosch recognizes that he has made mistakes in the past and has spent the past year working hard to correct those mistakes.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, the United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said our investigation revealed that these performance-enhancing drugs did go to minors, to professional athletes and to others and added it was a network of recruiters and folks in the black market. Mark R. Trouville, the D.E.A.’s special agent in charge in Miami said Bosch is not a doctor and he is a drug dealer. Bosch used to wear a white lab coat and refer to himself as “Dr. T,” which led most of his customers to assume that he was a doctor despite Bosch having no medical credential of any sort.

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Thursday 23, Jan 2014

  MLBPA Slams Rodriguez Over ‘Baseless’ Lawsuit

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MLBPA Slams Rodriguez Over ‘Baseless’ Lawsuit

The Major League Baseball Players Association fired back on Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the 162-game suspension issued by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Rodriguez was given a reduced suspension from 211 to 162 games by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz who also ordered that the third baseman be banned from any 2014 postseason games as well.

Rodriguez was suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic scandal that provided banned performance enhancing drugs to baseball players. Arbitrator also found Rodriguez using three banned substances each year from 2010 to 2012 and making two attempts to obstruct MLB investigation.

Union chief Tony Clark challenged inclusion of the MLBPA in the federal lawsuit by Rodriguez and called the claim completely without merit. Tony Clark, who replaced highly regarded union chief Michael Weiner in December, issued a statement to challenge inclusion of the union by Rodriguez in the federal lawsuit he filed earlier in the day against MLB and the MLBPA. In a statement, Clark wrote it is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association and his claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.

Clark was outraged that the New York Yankees slugger decided to attack Weiner in his lawsuit. A-Rod questioned the comments by Weiner, who died from a brain tumor, which suggested that the union would recommend the player make a deal if Major League Baseball has overwhelming evidence linking a player to a violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. Weiner had remarked we are not interested in having players with overwhelming evidence that they violated the (drug) program out there and added that most of the players are not interested in that and we did like to have a clean program.

The 41-year-old Clark was serving as the MLBPA’s acting executive director since  former executive director Michael Weiner passed on November 22. Jeremy Guthrie, who, along with Curtis Granderson, serves as MLBPA association representative, the union’s most senior player-leadership position, said at the appointment of Tony Clark as the union’s next executive director that although the need to name a new executive director was brought about by the tragic passing of Michael Weiner, a man we all loved and respected, we’re very happy to have someone like Tony take the helm of our union.

The Major League Baseball Players Association chief Clark remarked the Players Association has vigorously defended Rodriguez’s rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career. He added that Rodriguez’s allegation that the association has failed to fairly represent him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on the former executive director, Michael Weiner, are inexcusable. When all is said and done, and he is confident the Players Association will prevail.

In another development, a Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer has remarked that A-Rod wanted the union to pursue extraordinary remedies outside of arbitration for stopping attempts to discipline the New York Yankees third baseman. Attorney Daniel Engelstein also said Rodriguez accused the MLBPA of acting arbitrarily by not complying with Rodriguez’s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to ‘stand up’ to the Major League Baseball and to stop it from acting in a manner Rodriguez characterized as improper.

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Monday 13, Jan 2014

  Alex Rodriguez Gets Season Doping Ban

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Alex Rodriguez Gets Season Doping Ban

Alex Rodriguez, the highest paid star of baseball, has been suspended for the entire 2014 season in a doping scandal. The New York Yankees third baseman was given a 162-game doping ban by an arbitrator instead of the 211-game ban imposed upon Rodriguez last August by the Major League Baseball.

The ruling by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz means that the slugger from New York Yankees will be losing more than $22m (£13m) for the games he is missing. The 38-year-old Rodriguez, popularly known as A-Rod, was one of the few players who were linked with a now-closed Florida clinic that allegedly supplied banned performing enhancing drugs. Rodriguez said he would fight to reverse the ban and attack the ruling by terming it as one man’s decision that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve him having failed a single drug test, and is at odds with the facts. Rodriguez said the number of games sadly comes as no surprise as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. Rodriguez added he has been unfairly targeted as a first step for club owners for abolishing guaranteed contracts and imposing life bans for doping in the next contract with the players union.

A-Rod went on to add that he had been clear that he did not use performance-enhancing substances as alleged and in order to prove it he will take this fight to federal court. The ban imposed on Alex Rodriguez is the longest in the sport’s history for doping. Not only this, it raises the possibility that A-Rod will not play again. On the other hand, the Major League Baseball union said it “strongly” disagreed with the ruling but recognized that a final and binding decision has been reached. The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) said we recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached. A statement issued by MLBPA added that we respect the collectively bargained arbitration process which led to the decision.

Last year, Alex Rodriguez was suspended along with 13 other players include the Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, Ryan Braun of Milwaukee Brewers, Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres’ Everth Cabrera all of whom received a ban of 50 games.

Major League Baseball said the punishment imposed on Alex Rodriguez was over his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years. The MLB also accused A-Rod of attempting to cover up his violations by obstructing the investigation.

Rodriguez and other baseball players were accused of buying and using performance enhancing drugs from a now-defunct Florida drug clinic, Biogenesis. A-Rod was also accused of interfering with the Major League Baseball investigation into Biogenesis, which many believed resulted in a harsher penalty. This is not the first time that Rodriguez has been associated with performance-enhancing drugs. He admitted to using these drugs while playing for a Texas team (between 2001 to 2003) but had denied using anabolic steroids since.

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Thursday 05, Sep 2013

  Doping Behind Injuries Of A-Rod, Says Yankees

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Doping Behind Injuries Of A-Rod, Says Yankees

Alex Rodriguez is fighting against many troubles these days. After being banned for 211 games by the Major League Baseball, the Yankees slugger decided to deflect attention by filing a medical malpractice suit against the team medic, Dr. Chris Ahmad. But this lawsuit comes to Yankees as a happy surprise as they can argue that it was the use of illegal steroids by Rodriguez that caused his injury in the first place.

It is believed that the doctor in question incorrectly diagnosed a hip injury that was suffered by A-Rod during the playoffs last year. The slugger had surgery on his left hip and was sidelined until July. According to a team insider, Yankees are of the view that it was the use of illegal steroids that caused his hip injury. The team insider has revealed that Alex initially complained about his right hip and there was no mention of the left hip and the suggestion that the Yankees and Dr. Ahmad were in cahoots to misdiagnose Alex are absolutely ridiculous. In case the baseball slugger decides to proceed with a medical malpractice suit, the Yankees will start a very thorough identification process that will include the medical records of Rodriguez that will be filed with the court and made available to the public.

The source also revealed that the Yankees are fed up with Rodriguez and these outrageous claims being made by his advisers and they are attempting to once again deflect attention from the real issue, Alex’s use of steroids. It was also disclosed by the source that the team would immediately seek to depose Alex and force him to answer under oath about his use of steroids if the case goes to trial and added that Alex Rodriguez will have to answer the questions truthfully and under penalty of perjury.

In a statement about the pending lawsuit, the Yankees said we relied upon Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital for medical diagnosis, opinions, and treatment. It added the Yankees neither had any complaints from Alex Rodriguez pertaining to his left hip during the 2012 regular season and the Yankees postseason, nor did the Yankees receive any diagnosis pertaining to his left hip during that same period of time. It was also disclosed that given the various allegations that have been made by Alex Rodriguez and his counsel, if you have any medical questions they should be directed to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. Christopher Ahmad.

Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez has remarked that he has told his outspoken handlers to freeze the scorching rhetoric amid his epic fight against the doping ban imposed on him. Rodriguez remarked there are so many great stories going on in baseball, and for us, we really just want to focus on playing good baseball, and 100 percent have all the questions be about baseball. The slugger added if there are any questions in the future that are not about baseball, the interview will end at that moment. A-Rod recently authorized attorney Joe Tacopina to accuse the Yankees of playing Rodriguez in 2012 while being aware he had a “hole in his hip” in order to get out from under his contract.

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Monday 15, Apr 2013

  Major League Baseball Pays For Clinic Documents

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Major League Baseball Pays For Clinic Documents

The investigation by Major League Baseball of an anti-aging clinic that was linked with the supply of performance enhancing drugs to baseball players has taken a new turn with the office of the commissioner paying a former employee of the facility for documents related to the case.

Reports also suggested that at least one player, possibly Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) linked to the clinic has purchased documents from a former clinic employee in order to destroy them. Many other players have also made attempts to buy the potentially incriminating documents related to the baseball doping scandal to keep them out of the hands of baseball’s investigators. The New York Times first reported the purchase by MLB and added that MLB investigators have ”what they believe is evidence” that a representative of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records. Although the information received by MLB regarding Rodriguez seems credible, it has no hard evidence to connect the Yankees star to such a purchase, according to ESPN. But A-Rod’s problems can resurface if the Major League Baseball can obtain either physical evidence or sworn statements, in which case the baseball player could face suspension from baseball, and could also face possible criminal charges.

The American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) is considered one of the best baseball players of all time and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600, besting Babe Ruth’s record by over a year. The star baseball player has fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any other player in history.

Since baseball has no subpoena power, its officials were compelled to pay money for documents as its officials had been concerned that more than one player was trying to do the same. The payments are not expected to exceed several thousand dollars.

The now-closed South Florida clinic that operated under the name Biogenesis of America is suspected of providing performance enhancing drugs to a number of major leaguers, including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, and Yasmani Grandal and even Ryan Braun.

Previously, a request by Commissioner Bud Selig through two of his top deputies — Rob Manfred and Pat Courtney – was declined by the Miami New Times that was first reported the case after which the MLB filed a lawsuit against six people with connections to the Biogenesis clinic. In the lawsuit, MLB accused the clinic of damaging the sport by providing players with banned substances and the banned drugs supplied included testosterone, human growth hormone, and human chorionic gonadotropin.

In the past, Alex Rodriguez was linked to a Canadian doctor who pleaded guilty in the United States to offering banned substances to players. The Yankees player met with baseball investigators on the matter and denied taking any banned substances from the doctor but his claims were somehow insufficient for the authorities though the federal authorities did not provide all the facts of the case.

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Wednesday 06, Mar 2013

  Increasing Drug Penalties Possible In Baseball

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Increasing Drug Penalties Possible In Baseball

Baseball union head Michael Weiner has announced that there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating the drug testing program of baseball.

Weiner said baseball already has the toughest penalties of any team sport and a ban of fifty games is more than one can see for the first time in hockey, basketball, and football. The baseball chief also said many players have expressed their desire to increase the penalties for sport cheaters and that may happen in 2014. However, any changes to the drug program must get the approval of both Major League Baseball and the players’ union.

The 51-year-old Weiner succeeded Donald Fehr as union head in 2009 and announced in August he is being treated for a brain tumor.

The Baseball union head added that one area where increased attention helped encourage change was in testing for human growth hormone and remarked that the players approved this change to improve the possibility of detection for the use of HGH and the players at this point have very little patience for players that are trying to cheat the system, and understand that year around HGH testing is an important component. Testing for human growth hormone began last year but was limited to spring training. Weiner also added that he will have discussions with the players who were named in a report by The Miami New Times as having allegedly purchased performance-enhancing drugs from a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic.

He, however, said reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to the clinic accused of distributing banned performance enhancing drugs and said Major League Baseball is still investigating Biogenesis of America, the defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida. Meanwhile, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez says tests for performance enhancing drugs that he provided have come back negative. He and other players were listed in a Miami New Times report as receiving performance-enhancing drugs in purported records of Biogenesis of America. Gonzalez said in a brief statement he expected the negative results and reiterated he has never taken any performance enhancing drugs.

Weiner also discussed the agreement with management last month to extend blood testing for human growth hormone into the regular season and the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Laval, Quebec, as part of the change to the joint drug agreement will keep records of each player, including his baseline ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone. He also went on to remark that players understand it is important to have the strongest program possible, and given both the testosterone changes and the HGH changes, they are very much for it.

In a statement, Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said one of the strengths of baseball’s Joint Drug Testing Program is that the bargaining parties have an ongoing dialogue about the program and potential changes that can make it even more effective. Manfred remarked that we are looking forward to discussions with the Major League Baseball Player Association about changes that may be needed to respond to recent developments.

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Wednesday 30, Jan 2013

  Latest Doping Scandal May Spell End For Alex Rodriguez

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Latest Doping Scandal May Spell End For Alex Rodriguez

A South Florida-based alternative weekly has linked many players to a clinic in Miami that is shown to have distributed performance enhancing drugs like human growth hormone, synthetic testosterone, and other substances banned by baseball.

The biggest name involved is Alex Rodriguez and other players named included Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal. Other baseball players who appeared in the records include Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who finished third in last year’s NL Cy Young Award voting, besides pro tennis player Wayne Odesnik, and budding Cuban superstar boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa along with UM baseball conditioning guru Jimmy Goins, according to the newspaper.

A disgruntled employee of a Miami-based clinic called Biogenesis gave documents to the Miami New Times that are being evaluated by the New York Yankees. The documents purported to show that A-Rod paid for testosterone cream, human growth hormone, and IGF-1, as recently as last spring. Rodriguez, in the past, said that he stopped making use of performance enhancing drugs after 2003 and issued a statement disavowing any relationship with the man in charge of the clinic, Anthony Bosch. Other players listed in the report like Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez also issued denials.

A release issued by Major League Baseball disclosed that three of the players including Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera who were linked to the clinic had in fact been suspended by baseball. Cabrera was signed a $18-million (U.S.) free-agent contract for two years with Toronto this winter after he was suspended for 50 games and missed out on the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 World Series run because of a failed drug test indicating elevated testosterone levels.

The name of Cabrera among the list of players supposedly serviced by Bosch and Biogenesis shocked Blue Jays fans and notes given to the New Times referring to Cabrera are dated December 21, 2011 and include a hand-written note from Bosch expressing anger at the baseball star for $9,000 Bosch says he is owed. The paper cites Bosch as complaining that he put his business and all his doctors at risk by fabricating patient charts and phony prescriptions to help him.

But the entire focus in on Alex Rodriguez and many believe this may be his BALCO scandal. With the baseball icon not liked anymore by the Yankees fans, there seems to be no respite for A-Rod as no one would care if he never returns to the game. The baseball’s highest-paid star and the three-time AL MVP refuted claims that he purchased human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables, Fla., near the off-season home of A-Rod while the alternative weekly newspaper said it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon, and 2011 AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz of Texas.

Bosch’s lawyer, Susy Ribero-Ayala, said in a statement that Mr. Bosch vehemently denies the assertions that MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez were treated by or associated with him and the New Times report “is filled with inaccuracies, innuendo and misstatements of fact.”

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Friday 17, Aug 2012

  Melky Cabrera Suspended For 50 Games

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Melky Cabrera Suspended For 50 Games – Cliff Notes
 

Melky Cabrera - testosteroneSan Francisco Giants left fielder @Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games by the Major League Baseball after he tested positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. The suspension puts an abrupt end to what had undoubtedly been an MVP-caliber regular season and throw the playoff hopes of Giants into doubt.

Cabrera, who began his major league career with the Yankees, was hitting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs in his first season with San Francisco and leads the National League with 159 hits. He is second in batting average behind Pittsburgh‘s Andrew McCutchen. Despite the suspension, Cabrera may still be able to win the NL batting title as he has 501 plate appearances, one less than the minimum needed to win a batting championship for a player on a team playing 162 games. Under 10.22(a) of the Official Baseball Rules, Melky Cabrera may win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.

In a statement, the San Francisco Giants said the team fully supports the policy of Major League Baseball and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from baseball. With the suspension, Cabrera became the second player of Giants to receive a drug suspension this season. In May, reliever Guillermo Mota was penalized for 100 games and became just the third player of the Major League to be disciplined twice for positive drug tests.

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Born on August 11, 1984, Melky Astacio Cabrera is a Dominican professional baseball player presently playing for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has been associated with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, and Kansas City Royals in the past. In 2005, Melky Cabrera made his MLB debut for the Yankees and won the All Star Game MVP Award in 2012.

The 28-year-old Cabrera produced a 51-hit month in May and was given nicknames like “Got Melk?” ‘‘Melk Man” and “Melky Way.” In May, Melky Cabrera batted .429 in May with three homers, five triples, seven doubles and 17 RBIs and hit safely in 25 of 29 games. His 51 hits matched Randy Winn for most hits in a month since the club came to San Francisco in 1958. He also set the record of most hits for San Francisco in May and surpassed Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ 49 from 1958. The baseball player ranks second in baseball with a .346 batting average. The failed test may end up costing the baseball player in excess of $60 to $70 million this winter, which may be the highest cost any player has ever paid for failing a drug test because of the timing of the suspension.

The news of Melky Cabrera’s suspension for the use of testosterone even draw comments from Victor Conte, the founder of BALCO that was at the heart of Major League Baseball’s steroids scandal. Conte said as half of all baseball players are still using performance enhancing drugs and added that the only players that get caught are “the dumb, and the dumber.”

 

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Thursday 19, Jul 2012

  Roger Clemens Verdict – The Needle And The Damage Done

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Former Major League Baseball starting pitcher, William @Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed “The Rocket” and popularly known as Roger Clemens, was recently acquitted from all charges against him. The baseball player was facing one count of obstructing Congress, three counts of making false statements, and two counts of perjury.

Born on August 4, 1962 in Dayton (Ohio), Roger Clemens was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 1983 amateur draft. He made his Major League Baseball debut on May 15, 1984 and won seven Cy Young Awards (he won the AL award in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998, and 2001, and the National League award in 2004), an MVP and two pitching triple crowns. The baseball player also won The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award five times, was named an All-Star 11 times, and won the All-Star MVP in 1986. He got his 1,000th strikeout as a Yankee on August 18, 2007 and is only the 9th player in MLB history to record 1,000 or more strikeouts with two different teams.

The verdict may have allowed Clemens to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history, but the verdict was a clear blow to the legal pursuit by the government of athletes accused of illicit drug use. Moreover, the clean chit given to Clemens also raised questions on the purpose, credibility and execution of the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball that mentioned his name 82 times. In the report, former Yankees trainer Brian McNamee stated that he injected Roger Clemens with Winstrol (stanozolol) during the 1998, 2000, and 2001 baseball seasons.

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The verdict also brought an end to the testifying of convicted drug dealer Kirk Radomski that he supplied human growth hormone to McNamee for a starting pitcher and even sent a shipment to house of Clemens. Radomski however had no ideas whether or not the HGH was specifically used on Roger Clemens. Debbie Clemens, Clemens’s wife, admitted that she received a human growth hormone injection from McNamee though the versions of both (Clemens and McNamee) differ over when the injection was administered and whether or not Roger Clemens was present at the time of HGH administration. The verdict also suggested that steroids actually work and they can be extremely beneficial to obliterate home run records or win gold medals.

It also indicates that steroid users are more likely to succeed and can still come out clean and sportsmen who do not take anabolic steroids would always find it difficult to compete against them.

The charges that Roger Clemens may have used anabolic steroids and human growth hormone during a career spanning 24 decades and producing 354 victories have been brought down by the verdict, but many still feel that he was not as clean as portrayed.

Wednesday 18, Jul 2012

  Barry Bonds And Steroids Use

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Barry Bonds has been regarded by many as one of the greatest sports icons. Though he bettered the record of Hank Aaron’s all-time Major League baseball record of 755 on August 7th, 2007 with ease, went on to become a legend, and will be spoken of for years to come, his link-ups to anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs have actually damaged the reputation of baseball like never before.

 The American former Major League Baseball outfielder was born on July 24, 1964 and played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds, Barry Lamar Bonds debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 30, 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993. Barry, a 14-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove-winner, made his last MLB appearance on September 26, 2007 for the San Francisco Giants.

Barry Bonds holds many Major League Baseball records that include the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and the single-season Major League record for home runs with 73 in the year 2001. He is the only player to hit at least 500 home runs (762) and stolen 500 bases (514) and one of the four all-time players (besides José Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano) to be in the 40-40 club, which means he hit 40 home runs (42) and stole 40 bases (40) in the same season (1996). In the year 2002, he became the oldest player at 38 years to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time. He has also won eight Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence and earned seven National League Most Valuable Player awards, with Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990 and 1992, and with San Francisco Giants in 1993 and four years straight between 2001 and 2004.

Bonds was first associated with steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) because of the BALCO scandal where he was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury while testifying in the BALCO affair. Court documents suggested that Barry Bonds took anabolics and it was further revealed that three types of performance enhancing substances were used by the baseball slugger. During a trial, trainer of Bonds since 2000, Greg Anderson of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) was accused of supplying steroids to a number of baseball players and it was contended in the leaked grand-jury testimony of Bonds that he used “the cream” and “the clear”. Bonds later said he used what he thought was a cream for easing muscle aches and flaxseed oil. According to records prosecutors took from BALCO, the baseball slugger tested positive on three separate occasions in 2000 and 2001 for the steroid Methenolone and also tested positive two of those three times for the steroid nandrolone.

A letter from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to Bonds also informed him about a positive test and suggested that he would be subjected to six more tests over a period of one year.

 In the book Game of Shadows, written by Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada in March 2006, it was alleged that Barry Bonds made use of Stanozolol (Winstrol) and many other steroids. The authors said Bonds was making use of two designer steroids called the “cream” and the “clear” along with insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate, and trenbolone.  The cream is believed to be a testosterone-based substance reportedly given to Bonds by Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Lab Co-Operative (BALCO) while the clear is believed to be Norbolethone or THG that was used by many of the top Olympic sprinters like former 100-meter world record-holder Tim Montgomery.

Kimberly Bell, who says she dated Bonds for nine years, told the jury in the perjury trial of Bonds that Barry blamed a career-threatening elbow injury in 1999 on his steroid use. Kimberly said Bonds became increasingly angry and controlling and even underwent “changes sexually and in his testicles.”

 

All said and done, the contributions of Barry Bonds to baseball cannot be nullified unless the law of the land finds him guilty and till that time, it is best to stop accusing him any more. With 2,558 career walks and 688 career intentional walks and many more records at his side, his accomplishments are here to stay till charges are found correct.

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