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Saturday 30, Nov 2013

  Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

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Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

The arbitration hearing of Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez, nicknamed “A-Rod,” ended on Thursday without the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball testifying.

The baseball player has been fighting the suspension of 211 games imposed on him by Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez publicly blasted Bud Selig, the MLB commissioner, and MLB last week. A-Rod was suspended by the MLB for his alleged involvement with the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida that provided banned performance enhancing drugs. In the same case, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun received a suspension of 65 games for his dealing with the clinic while 12 other players were given 50-game suspensions.

The case was closed after twelve days of testimony. The fate of Rodriguez for the next season is now in the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The three-time former Most Valuable Player and his lawyers signaled their lack of faith in the proceedings by vowing to release all of the evidence and preparing to take the case into federal court. The baseball star stormed out of the hearing and his lawyers remarked that A-Rod would longer participate unless Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig agrees to testify. Lead attorney Joe Tacopina said we’re not going to participate in a process that’s obviously a fait accompli and not a fair process and we are absolutely shutting down at this point. The attorneys of Rodriguez are upset that the MLB commissioner was not ordered by the arbitrator to testify in the hearing and Tacopina said the next phase of the case is a move to federal court regardless how Horowitz rules.

It was reported that Alex Rodriguez made an abrupt exit ad slammed a table in anger following Horowitz’s ruling and kicked a briefcase before leaving the room. He later released a statement to explain his action and blasted Selig and Horowitz. A-Rod said he is disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails and added he had sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. He also remarked this morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face him. Alex Rodriguez went on to add that the absurdity and injustice just became too much and he walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.

In a statement replying to Alex’s statement, the MLB said Major League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process for more than 40 years to address disputes between the two parties. It was added that this negotiated process has served players and clubs well and despite Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration panel’s rulings today, Major League Baseball remains committed to this process and to a fair resolution of the pending dispute.

In another development, Alex Rodriguez made an unscheduled radio appearance on WFAN radio and denied to host Mike Francesa that he ever used performance enhancing drugs.

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Monday 07, Oct 2013

  Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

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Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball accusing the league of allegedly buying the testimony of an important witness in the doping case built against him. The filing was made by the New York Yankees star in the New York State Supreme Court.

The filing made by Alex Rodriguez claimed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and others in the organization are making attempts to improperly marshal evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez. The baseball star claimed MLB paid $150,000 for records from the clinic and is paying Anthony Bosch, who ran the now-defunct Miami anti-aging clinic accused of selling banned performance enhancing drugs to many baseball stars, $5 million for his information against Rodriguez

The 38-year-old third baseman was recently banned for 211 games by the MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal. MLB commissioner Selig said A-Rod tried to impede the investigation in which 13 baseball stars including 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun were suspended for at least 50 games.

Rodriguez, with 654 home runs to his credit, appealed against the ban and was able to take part in the final weeks of the season. A decision on his case is believed to happen before the start of 2014 pre-season workouts. The Yankees’ star didn’t mention his team in the lawsuit that seeks damages that would be determined at trial. A-Rod, in his lawsuit, remarked the MLB commissioner wants to make him an example to gloss over the past inaction and tacit approval by Selig of the use of performance enhancing substances in baseball in an attempt to secure his legacy as the ‘savior’ of America’s pastime.

Rodriguez also said Selig turned a blind eye to doping in baseball to help it recover from a labor dispute that wiped out the 1994 World Series and reversed course only US lawmakers put pressure in 2006. The star baseman also remarked MLB has league damaging information about Rodriguez to the media, which is a violation of confidentiality agreement and that investigators have bribed and intimidated witnesses and even impersonated police officers.

In response to the lawsuit by Alex Rodriguez, MLB issued a statement claiming Rodriguez has violated confidentiality agreements as well as doping rules. The statement reads that this lawsuit is a clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The statement also said that while we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the basic agreement by attempting to cover-up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.

Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

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Wednesday 28, Jul 2010

  Steep drop in offense attributed to ban on amphetamines and not on steroids

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steep-drop-in-offense-attributed-to-ban-on-amphetamines-and-not-on-steroidsThe steep drop in offense in context to baseball is primarily attributed to the ban on amphetamines and not on steroids as per a Major league official.

For admirers of baseball, this drop is all because of efforts by Bud Selig & Co. for piggybacking the amphetamines ban on top of the steroids testing agreement with the union of players.

Many baseball players of the past and fans have appreciated the efforts taken by Bud Selig to prevent the association of baseball and steroids from reaching new heights and getting subdued for betterment of the game.

Wednesday 28, Jul 2010

  Sandy Alderson tapped with fixing Dominican baseball

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Sandy Alderson tapped with fixing Dominican baseballSandy Alderson, the new sheriff hired by baseball commissioner Bud Selig, for addressing the litany of problems presently plaguing one of the richest talent resources of the game had a rude awakening as soon as he took the job two months ago.

Alderson met with MLB team representatives at the Embajador Hotel in mid April and the conference was marred by a raucous protest by dozens of Dominican trainers organizing a rally outside the hotel.

A big majority of personnel, including one of the Prospect League founders, Ulises Cabrera, who rushed to greet Alderson, were not happy with the American interfering in the Dominican baseball business.

Monday 23, Feb 2009

  BUD SELIG DEFENDS HIS POSITION

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bud-selig-defends-his-positionEveryone knows which Major League athletes took anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Now everyone wants to know who should be held responsible to the obvious deterioration of the reputation of baseball all over the world. Personalities such as Jesse Ventura think that Bud Selig should take the blame. Ventura was the former governor of Minnesota. On top of that, he was also a professional wrestler. According to Ventura, pro wrestling faced its steroid issue by sacrificing Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO of the WWE, who was almost imprisoned for the faulty steroid policies they had. Ventura wonders why Bud Selig should be exempted from the same faith. Selig is the overseer of baseball and the captain of the ship. He should be held liable to the mistakes those under him make.

Of course, Bud Selig isn’t too happy with people blaming him and is quite fed up with it. In a recent interview, he admitted that he didn’t want to hear the public saying that the commissioner should have done this or that.

Selig is quite proud of what he has accomplished throughout the years. It had been worse years ago and he had done what he can given what was available to him. Selig said that he still would have done the same things if things were to happen all over again. There are better anti-steroid policies now and baseball has gone such a long way. As for the case of Alex Rodriguez, it is true that he might not have known but it should be something that everyone should take a look at and learn from.

Tuesday 10, Feb 2009

  BONDS PAYS THE PRICE OF BEING ACCUSED OF STEROID USE

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barry_bonds-steroidsIn his most recent article, Bruce Jenkins talks about one thing— justice. He looks at the word in terms of what is happening to famous Major League players, Barry Bonds and the man’s present battle with the law. Bonds is one of the many who had been accused of steroid use. He is also one of the many who had denied the accusation, saying that he didn’t know that he was taking anabolic steroids. Whatever the outcome of his trial, Bonds will be paying a high price. It seems unfair however since he should be in the same boat as many other baseball players if it was just strictly about steroid abuse. But Bonds stood out because he is loud and he is a highly skilled athlete.

Wednesday 17, Dec 2008

  Steroid use in baseball “hasn’t died by any means” a year after Mitchell Report

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steroids-mlbIt was in Dec. 13, 2007 when the bombshell that was the Mitchell Report was released. The 409-page, 20-month, and finger-pointing report has focused on the use of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone in the Major League Baseball.

The dwindling confidence of fans and the heightening pressure from legislators had forced MLB commish Bud Selig to request former senator George Mitchell to conduct an independent investigation on use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.

The Mitchell Report has aired out MLB’s dirty laundry in public podium and has prompted the league’s officials to take steps to clean up in the aftermath – it implemented tougher penalties for erring players.

Now, a year later, how has the Mitchell Report impacted America’s pastime?

“It appears that [steroid] use is down, but it’s probably too early to make a definitive statement,” Mitchell wrote in an email to Boston Globe. “Our investigation provided further evidence of what has been a widely held belief – that some athletes will use substances that they think will enhance their performance if they believe they won’t be caught. Because of the money involved, there will always be persons seeking to develop new and undetectable illegal performance-enhancing substances.”

“Major League Baseball and the Players Association have responded positively to the report, and they’ve taken significant steps to improve the approach to the problem of performance-enhancing substances.”

But to Dr. Charles Yesalis, an anti-doping expert and professor of Health Policy and Administration, Exercise and Sport Science at the Penn State, MLB’s response needs more than just the press releases – it requires an independent testing program. MLB’s current program is mostly dictated by collective agreement of team owners and players. In short, it’s self-serving.

“Independent oversight means there is a totally independent third party running the program, which they don’t have,” said Yesalis, who has testified before Congress re steroid abuse.

“The era of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball is still in its infancy,” said Yesalis. “It hasn’t died by any means, and to think otherwise is terribly naíve.”

Only three players were suspended last season for violating the major league anti-doping policy. In 2003, the first year of random testing, 104 major leaguers tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

In the minor league, specifically at the Dominican Summer League, at least 40 players tested positive for anabolic steroids and other prohibited compounds.

Saturday 04, Oct 2008

  Home runs linked to steroid use

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barry bonds steroidsHome runs in the major leagues plummet to 15-year low, and some speculate that it maybe due to steroid testing.

Torri Hunter, outfielder of the Los Angeles Angels, is one of those who say that there might be a link between the drop in home run records and the league’s implementation of steroid testing.

From Sports Illustrated:

“I think the steroid testing has something to do with it,” Torri Hunter said. “If there were any guys who were taking it, they’re not taking it anymore. I’d say it’s a small percentag

When big stars like Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Barry Bonds were implicated in the use of PEDs during the BALCO incident, the Major League was put under pressure to adopt a more stringent steroid-testing program. Prior to the controversy, doping was never a major concern in the pro league.

At the start of the season in 2005, Major League Baseball finally acted and came up with an agreement that attempted to pacify angry lawmakers and dubious baseball fans. Under the new policy, random and offseason testing were instituted.

“I’ve been saying for some time that my goal for this industry is zero tolerance regarding steroids,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig was quoted as saying during the announcement of said new policy.

“We had a problem, and we dealt with the problem,” Selig said. “I regarded this as not only a health issue, but certainly you could say it was an integrity issue in this sport. We’re acting today to help restore the confidence of our fans.”

Many, however, still considered the new policy as punitive. Under the new policy, which was implemented January 2005, a first positive test would result in a penalty of 10 days, a second positive test in a 30-day ban, a third positive in a 60-day penalty, and a fourth positive test in a one-year ban — all without pay. A player who tests positive a fifth time would be subject to discipline determined by the commissioner.

Then on November 2005, MLB owners and players agreed to toughen up the policy some more with these following agreements:

•    First positive steroids test: 50 game suspension.
•    Second positive steroids test: 100 game suspension.
•    Third positive steroids test: Lifetime ban, subject to right to seek reinstatement after two years of suspension, with arbitral review of reinstatement decision.

Every player will have:

•    A pre-season test in connection with spring training physicals.
•    An unannounced test during the season on a randomly selected date.
•    There will be additional, year-round random testing.
•    No matter how many times a player is tested, he remains subject to an additional random test.
•    Testing will occur during the off-season.

Monday 14, Jul 2008

  Seizure of steroid test results put players, testing program in jeopardy – Bud Selig

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MLB-steroidsBALCO prosecutors put MLB drug testing program in jeopardy, says commissioner Bud Selig in his letter addressed to legislators.

The letter dated June 27 was a response to the request of Reps. Henry Waxman and Tom Davis, leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who demanded an explanation last month for a loophole in the league’s testing programs for anabolic steroids and other banned drugs.

Selig strongly stated in his letter that the seizure of more than 100 drug test results at the height of the BALCO investigation jeopardized the anonymity promised to players for the 2003 survey testing.

“To the best of our knowledge, the seizure of baseball’s testing records in the BALCO investigation was the first time that law-enforcement officials had sought large numbers of records from a private employer’s workplace drug-testing program as part of a criminal investigation,” Selig wrote in his letter to Waxman and Davis. “As a result, Major League players faced the realistic prospect of criminal prosecution based on evidence from a drug test that they were promised would be anonymous.

“In addition,” Selig continued, “the seizure undermined representations made to players that drug-testing records would be confidential…. It is no exaggeration to say that the seizure threatened the continued viability of the entire drug-testing program.”

The representatives also asked Selig why a union official gave some players advance notice of testing in 2004, as alleged in the Mitchell Report. Selig answered that the allegation “came as a complete surprise to me and to all of us in the commissioner’s office.”

The BALCO investigation is considered to be the biggest steroid scandal in US sporting history. In June 2003, sprint coach Trevor Graham made an anonymous call to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Graham spoke of a designer steroid that was being used by a number of athletes. The designer steroid was called The Clear, which was later identified as tetrahydrogestrinone.

Subsequent investigations came up with paper trail and other evidence of prevalent steroid use in professional sports. Soon, notable athletes from diverse sporting fields had emerged, including those in MLB.