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Monday 28, Dec 2015

  Ryan Howard And Ryan Zimmerman Linked To Doping Ring

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An investigative report by Al-Jazeera has alleged that Peyton Manning received Human growth hormone from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic. This report includes the names of three Major League players, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, and free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden.

It was claimed by the report that the three major league players obtained performance enhancing drugs from the Guyer Institute in Indiana. Charlie Sly, a pharmacist, disclosed that the clinic mailed human growth hormone and other drugs in 2011 to many athletes, including the three mentioned MLB players. According to State licensing records, a Charles David Sly was licensed as a pharmacy intern in Indiana from April 2010 to May 2013.

In a statement, Dale Guyer of the Guyer Institute said that Sly had a brief three-month internship there in 2013 during which time Peyton was not even being treated or present in the office.

The report, titled “The Dark Side,” was the result of an investigation. British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover for exposing the widespread nature of performance-enhancing drugs globally. The report alleged that the clinic sent growth hormone and other drugs to Ashley Manning, Manning’s wife, for assisting Manning recover from 2011 neck surgery.

Zimmerman has dealt with a lot of injuries over the years and his injuries date back to 2011 that put his recovery time on the same track as well. Howard suffered a torn Achilles on the final out of the 2011 NLDS and this puts his recovery timeline in line with that of Manning.

Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, remarked he never used a human growth hormone (HGH) and termed the report as “completely fabricated” and “complete trash.” Manning said he rotated between angry and furious and added disgusted is really how he feels and sickened by it. Manning added time ended up being probably my best medicine along with a lot of hard work. He also added it stings him whoever this guy is to insinuate that he cut corners and broke NFL rules in order to get healthy. However, Manning did admit that he went to the institute in 2011 to use a hyperbaric chamber recommended by doctors.

William Burck of Quinn Emanuel, the attorney for Howard and Zimmerman, released a statement and called the claims extraordinarily reckless and completely false. Burck said it is inexcusable and irresponsible that Al Jazeera would provide a platform and broadcast outright lies about Howard and Zimmerman. The statement added that the extraordinarily reckless claims made against our clients in this report are completely false and rely on a source that has already recanted his claims and added that we will go to court to hold Al Jazeera and other responsible parties accountable for smearing our clients’ good names.

The report alleged that Teagarden, who most recently spent time with the Chicago Cubs during the 2015 season, appeared in one of the undercover videos and was open to discuss his use of performance enhancing drugs during a prior season. It would not be possible for Teagarden to deny the allegations as the video is part of the report set to air on Sunday.

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Wednesday 13, Jul 2011

  I used steroids during filming only, says Sheen

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I used steroids during filming only, says SheenCharlie Sheen has told Sports Illustrated that he tried anabolic steroids when he was preparing himself to play his now-famous role of Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the cult baseball flick.

The 45-year-old unemployed actor admitted he used performance enhancing drugs while filming the 1989 hit Major League.

Sheen is newly single after reportedly being dumped by his sole goddess Natalie Kenly.

Tuesday 09, Sep 2008

  Baseball steroid statistics – for better or for worse?

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steroids in baseballWe all know that steroid use is a problem in baseball. We heard it during the BALCO Affair and read it in the book Game of Shadows. But it looks like steroid statistics in baseball continue to rise. And those who say the 1990s were the ‘steroid era’ in baseball, they better think again.

This year, in just the past month to be more precise, 41 players from the minor leagues have tested positive for banned compounds, 33 of them from the Dominican summer league.

Then another batch of dopers was netted on Friday August 29. Miami Herald pitches this news:

A pair of New York Yankees minor league pitchers and a Chicago Cubs minor league hurler were each suspended 50 games Friday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Justo Arias and Rafael Martinez of the Yankees both tested positive for metabolites of stanozolol, while Jhon Rodriguez of the Cubs tested positive for metabolites of nandrolone. Each player performed in the Dominican Summer League.

All three suspensions will begin at the start of next season.

Next season?! Why not now? Sean Connolly at Baseball 180! endorses the same question.

The suspension will be for 50 games beginning next season, which seems to make no sense at all. The drugs they took were meant to help them this season, so how can you allow them to continue to play? That makes an unfair playing field as players who are clean will be up against cheaters.

I don’t see why Major League Baseball has to wait until next season. Just suspend them for the rest of this season and carry over whatever’s left into next season. I don’t get why MLB keeps messing this drug problem up and continue to make it worse.

We say Connelly got valid points.

Thursday 07, Aug 2008

  Steroids in baseball – it’s a long history

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steroids-in-baseballHere’s just one of the news items that illustrates baseball’s alliance with steroids. From Miami Herald:

Major League Baseball suspended Cincinnati Reds minor league pitcher Renny Amador and Arizona Diamondbacks minor league shortstop Bernardino Jimenez for 50 games after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Amador tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol and Jimenez tested positive for Boldenone.

Both players are members of their organization’s Dominican summer league teams.
The suspensions are effective immediately.

Use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in baseball grabbed national attention starting in the 1990s, when the record-breaking era of Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire took place.

During the 1998 season, Sosa hit 66 home runs while McGwire McGwire earned the single season record by hitting 70 home runs as Major League fans watched in open-mouthed disbelief.  It was alleged that these two players had been getting some help from performance boosters – androstenedione for McGwire and creatine for Sosa. Then Barry Bonds came, easily breaking the home run record established by McGwire. Bonds’ sensational performance had caused many to speculate on his possible use of steroids.

In 2003, the Balco Affair exploded implicating Bonds of use of steroid and PEDs along with other elite athletes in diverse sports. Subsequently, the Major League and its affiliates (including the Minor League) have adopted stricter anti-doping policy.

The organization has implemented harsher penalties for steroid users, commencing at its 2005 season.

A first positive test results in a suspension of 10 games. A second and third positive test result in a suspension of 30 and 60 games, respectively. A fourth offense results in a one-year suspension. A fifth offense results in a penalty at the commissioner’s discretion, which could mean saying ta-ta to the game permanently.

Prior to this implementation, a first-time offense would only call for the treatment of the player and the player would not even be named.

Friday 20, Jun 2008

  Barry Bonds steroid trial

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bondsbonds-steroidsWith the recent conviction of Trevor Graham, all eyes are now turned to slugger Barry Bonds. Bonds was indicted November 15 last year on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. His trial is expected to take place not until next year.

Bonds was accused of lying when he said he was unaware that he was using steroids provided to him by his trainer Greg Anderson. He was also accused of committing perjury when he denied that his trainer never injected him with steroids. Anderson, meanwhile, has served prison term for refusing to testify against Bonds.

In the book Game of Shadows, authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams have chronicled Bonds’ use of steroids and other banned substances. The controversial book described how and why Bonds turned to steroids after the 1998 season to enhance his performance in the Major League. The book alleged he was jealous of Mark McGwire’s popularity because of the latter’s impressive record. At that time, McGwire was the proud holder of the single-season home run record.

In 2001, he beat McGwire’s 70 home runs – Bonds hit 73. The book reported that at that time Bonds was already into two designer steroids called as “The Cream” and “The Clear”. The book further alleged that aside from the two designer steroids, Bonds was also using insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate (a fast-acting steroid known as Mexican beans) and trenbolone, a steroid developed to improve the muscle quality of livestock.

In September 2003, federal investigators raided the Bay Area Laboratories Co-Operative (BALCO), in Burlingame, California. BALCO was tipped on by Trevor Graham as the source of steroids of many American and European athletes. In said raid, financial and medical records were seized. Two days after, authorities searched Anderson’s home and found documents that suggested Bonds was using steroids and other banned drugs.