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Wednesday 19, Aug 2009

  Dominican Summer League players tested positive for PEDs

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Dominican Summer League players tested positive for PEDsThe Dominican Summer League is a branch of affiliated minor league baseball, which is played in the Dominican Republic. The league consists of thirty-three teams in four different divisions. The league was founded in 1985. Games start from June until the end of August.

A recent announcement was recently made by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, stating that DSL Cubs pitcher, Eric Martinez and Gregorio Robles, an outfielder, both tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Each of the players will receive fifty-game suspensions in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Robles was found positive for boldenone and clomiphene use, while Martinez tested positive for Stanozolol.

Boldenone is an anabolic steroid mainly used for veterinary purposes. It is commonly known under the names Equipoise, Ganabol, Equigan and Ultragan. Clomiphene or more commonly known as Clomid is a selective estrogen receptor. Stanozolol on the other hand is commonly sold under the trade name Winstrol.

Just last month, ten players were also found to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. All ten players also received fifty-game suspensions. Among those included were Oakland A’s pitchers Alex Nolasco and Alexis Juma.

The total number of suspended Dominical Summer League players went up to 52 for the 2009 season.

According to Minor League Baseball:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that DSL Cubs pitcher Eric Martinez and outfielder Gregorio Robles have received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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.