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Monday 25, Mar 2013

  Florida Clinic Sued By MLB For Doping Players

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Florida Clinic Sued By MLB For Doping Players

On Friday, Major League Baseball has sued a now-shuttered South Florida clinic and its operators and accused them of scheming to offer banned performance enhancing drugs to its players in violation of their MLB contracts.

Unspecified damages from Coral Gables anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch, were sought by the lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. The lawsuit also named several other associates of Bosch, who is believed to be out of the country. It was contended by the Major League Baseball that the operators of the clinic solicited players to make use of banned drugs knowing that such use would violate their contracts, specifically the drug prevention and treatment program that became effective in 2003 and is a part of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement with the players, includes a list of banned substances and lays out penalties for violations and imposes testing requirements.

It was also contended by the lawsuit that former star Manny Ramirez, who is now signed to play for a team in Taiwan, obtained a prohibited substance from Bosch in 2009 that ultimately resulted in a suspension of 50 games for Ramirez by MLB when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which marks the first time that the MLB has gone on the record saying Ramirez tested positive for the female fertility drug HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin.

According to the lawsuit, the elements of the scheme included the use of fake or partial names on drug packages sent to players, visits to players at home or at hotels to personally administer the banned substances and claims made to the players that if used properly the drugs “would not result in a positive test” under the MLB drug program. The lawsuit said testosterone, human growth hormone, and human chorionic gonadotropin were among the banned drugs supplied and MLB players were told that the drugs would increase their strength and help them recover from injuries more quickly.

Attorneys Allen Weitzman and Matthew Menchel wrote in the complaint that MLB has suffered “costs of investigation, loss of goodwill, loss of revenue and profits and injury to its reputation, image, strategic advantage and fan relationships,” because of the alleged conspiracy. The lawsuit may offer a way for the Major League Baseball to more deeply investigate Biogenesis and Bosch through depositions of witnesses and subpoenas to obtain documents, although it seeks money damages. The MLB was rebuffed in an effort to get access to clinical records from the alternative Miami New Times newspaper, which has published detailed accounts of the alleged player drug use. The newspaper implicated New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, outfielder Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays, Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, and San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal though most of them denied a link with Biogenesis. In the past, Rodriguez has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs and Colon, Cabrera, and Grandal were each suspended for 50 games last year for testing positive for elevated testosterone levels.

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Friday 06, Jan 2012

  Drug tests by MLB rose 3 percent last year

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In the past year, the number of drug tests conducted by Major League Baseball rose 3 percent when Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo was the only big leaguer suspended for use of a performance enhancing substance.

According to the annual report issued Thursday by Dr. Bryan Smith, the independent administrator for baseball‘s drug program, Alfonzo was banned for 100 games and there was just one positive for PEDs among 3,868 tests that resulted in discipline.

Roughly 20 to 25 percent of the approximately 4,000 tests in 2010 in the NFL were during the off-season.

Thursday 13, Oct 2011

  Minor league pitchers suspended

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Two Toronto Blue Jays pitchers in the Dominican Summer League, Aderly De La Cruz and Luillyn Guillen, have been suspended for 50 games.

The two minor league pitchers were suspended for positive tests under the minor league drug program.

While Cruz tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, Guillen tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

Monday 05, Sep 2011

  Toronto Blue Jays Pitchers suspended for steroid use

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Toronto Blue Jays Pitchers suspended for steroid useRight-hander Aderly De La Cruz and left-hander Luillyn Guillen, minor-league pitchers within the Toronto Blue Jays organization, were suspended after failing to clear doping tests.

Cruz and Guillen were playing in the Dominican Summer League and their suspensions are effective immediately.

Cruz tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone while Guillen tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

Saturday 30, Oct 2010

  Manny Ramirez suspended for fifty games

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Manny Ramirez suspended for fifty gamesThe LA Dodgers slugger, Manny Ramirez, has been handed over a suspension by the MLB for fifty games for the use of a performance enhancing drug.

Ramirez was quick to say that it was not a steroid but a drug prescribed to him by a physician after no details were provided by the league on the nature of the substance.

It was confirmed by the Players Association that Ramirez will not be appealing against the ban.

Monday 25, Oct 2010

  For Jim Thome, nothing adds up to a ring

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For Jim Thome, nothing adds up to a ringJim Thome, known in the baseball circles as a man who swings ferociously and built like a mountain, recently moved past Rafael Palmeiro on the career list with his 585 career home run.

At 40, Thome may have lost the charm a bit but has not lost the aspiration to climb the ladder of 600 career home runs for no player has ever retired so close to 600 home runs.

Thome said that he seriously has to stop and think about the 600-run landmark because there’s no better way to go out than on top.

Tuesday 22, Jun 2010

  Red Fox Staffers linked with steroids fired

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Red Fox Staffers linked with steroids firedTwo security staff members of the Boston Red Sox were fired last year after they were caught involved in steroid use during an investigation by Major Baseball League.

This incident was reported by The Boston Globe. There was no evidence that the staff members had sold performance enhancing drugs to players or were aware of any direct knowledge about players using such drugs.

Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said in an interview with CNN that he was “sick” about the use of steroids in sports.

Monday 08, Mar 2010

  Baseball’s Secret Roster leaked!

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Baseball's Secret Roster leaked!According to a report in THE TIMES, two sluggers who helped Boston Red Sox to two World Series championships are on the secret list of major league players testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. The two players were Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

This revelation of sportsmen on performance enhancing drugs is indeed a blow to baseball. The last untainted home run record holder, Henry Aaron, said that the complete list should be released so that baseball goes on.

Theodore Olson, who was the solicitor general in the Bush administration and presently works in the same firm as Boutrous, said that THE TIMES acted legally and ethically.

Monday 18, Jan 2010

  Records of stadium to be kept secret

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The State Supreme Court Justice John Egan Jr. has recently quashed a subpoena requesting for access to thousands of document pages about the new $1.5 billion stadium by Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. It was remarked by Egan that subpoenas are not to be used as fishing expeditions.

The verdict has come as a great relief to the Yankees camp that was already struggling to find an answer to accusations that Red Sox tormentors Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were linked with use of steroids.

Egan termed the request for records as “too broad” while saying that the Assembly’s Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions did have the legal authority to issue subpoena like this one.

Tuesday 08, Dec 2009

  Stadium records to be kept secret after Yankees won battle

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Stadium records to be kept secret after Yankees won battleIn a surprising judgment, the State Supreme Court Justice John Egan Jr. quashed a subpoena asking for access to thousands of documents about the latest $1.5 billion stadium by Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. Quashing the subpoena, Egan remarked that subpoenas should not be used as fishing expeditions.

The judgment has provided a big sigh of relief to the camp of Yankees after two of their star performers, Red Sox tormentors Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, were earlier linked to steroid use.

Justice Egan further remarked that though Assembly’s Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions has a legal authority to issue the subpoena in question, the request for records was “too broa.

 


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