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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.

60 Minutes Does a hit piece on Roger Clemens

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.

Sunday 18, Dec 2011

  Alvaro Aristy faked age for bonus

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Alvaro Aristy (Jorge Leandro Guzman) signed with the Padres three years ago for a sum of $1 million but neither age, talent, or name have proven to be legitimate.

Dan Mullin, the vice president of Major League Baseball‘s department of investigations, remarked the MLB got a tip about Aristy’s identity in January 2010.

This is the second time that player has been in the news for the wrong seasons. In July 2009, he was suspended for 50 games after he tested positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid commonly sold as Deca Durabolin.

Thursday 15, Dec 2011

  HGH testing in MLB urged by lawmakers

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Two House Democrats are urging Major League Baseball and the players union for implementing testing for human growth hormone and ban chewing tobacco by players in uniform and in public view.

Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Frank Pallone of New Jersey made those requests in a letter to Commissioner Bud Selig and Michael Weiner, executive director of the players union.

“The time to begin testing for HGH in baseball has arrived,” Waxman wrote, citing the use of blood testing for HGH in the Olympics.

Thursday 18, Nov 2010

  Clubhouse Manager suspended by Mets

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Clubhouse Manager suspended by MetsLongtime clubhouse manager of the Mets, Charlie Samuels, has been suspended after the team was notified of his association with a law-enforcement investigation into illegal gambling. This finding was disclosed by a lawyer briefed on the matter and a law-enforcement official.

The lawyer said that gambling is believed to be tied to football.

The Mets said in a statement that Samuels had been suspended indefinitely without pay.

Thursday 09, Sep 2010

  Clemens loses appeal against Brian McNamee

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Clemens loses appeal against Brian McNamee  Roger Clemens was denied the opportunity of resurrecting the explosive defamation suit he filed in Texas against Brian McNamee, his former trainer, in January of 2008. This was after Clemens learned about his former trainer accusing him of using performance enhancing drugs.

Clemens sued McNamee for statements appearing in report made by former Senator George Mitchell on use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball.

Clemens will now be facing criminal charges because of grand jury investigations into statements made by Clemens before Congress is February 2008.

Wednesday 28, Jul 2010

  Jose Canseco could be the wild card in perjury investigations

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Jose Canseco could be the wild card in perjury investigationsBrian McNamee, the former trainer of Roger Clemens, said that a June 1998 barbeque at Jose Canseco’s house was one of the most pivotal moments in baseball career of Clemens as this was the time and place when he plunged deeper into use of steroids.

However, Canseco has been saying for two years that Clemens didn’t attended the shindig at his home in South Florida, which cast doubt on Clemens’s credibility and raising questions about the Mitchell Report on baseball and steroids.

It is worth noting here that Jose Canseco has never been sued for the allegations in this book and its follow-up version, “Vindicated“.

Tuesday 22, Sep 2009

  Gagne finished first complete game at the Can-Am League

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Gagne finished first complete game at the Can-Am LeagueLast Thursday, an emotional Gagne was carried by his Capitale teammates and fellow Quebecers off the field after Quebec Capitales’ triumph against the Worcester Tornadoes.

Gagne was so touched that more than 5,000 fans came to cheer him and to see his game.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Eric Serge Sagne is a former Major League Baseball player and is best known as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ closer.

He received numerous awards in his baseball career such as the 2003 NL TSN Pitcher of the Year, NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year for 2003 and 2004, the 2003 NL Cy Young Award, and a three-time selection for the All Star and the 2007 World Series Champion.

However, in 2007, his name came out in the controversial baseball list of players in the Mitchell Report. Since then, the multi-awarded player suffered public scrutiny, not to mention, several elbow and shoulder injuries which led to his release from the Major League in 2008.

He decided to return home to Quebec, where he signed a contract with the Quebec Capitales as a starter pitcher / coach under the independent Can-Am league.

It proved to be a correct decision, as it was like chicken soup for his soul with all those fans accepting him and screaming out his name.

His wife, Valerie, was very grateful of the support showed by her husband’s fellow Quebecers. She even wrote a thank you letter addressed to a local reporter.

Tuesday 08, Sep 2009

  Clemens’ defamation suit to continue in New York

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Clemens’ defamation suit to continue in New YorkUS District Judge Keith P. Ellison dismissed the rest of Clemens’ case last August 28, 2009. This means that the case has been dismissed in Texas and Clemens could not refile in the said state. This leaves the case to be continued in New York.

Last January 2008, Roger Clemens sued his former personal trainer Brian McNamee after the trainer made a statement in the Mitchell report that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone for not less than 16 times in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Not only did McNamee made the statement once but he also repeated it to Sports Illustrated’s website.  According to Clemens, the statements were untrue and defamatory.

McNamee responded by filing a case against Clemens for defamation on July 31, 2009. The case was filed in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

According to McNamee, Clemens issued an intense public relations offensive by refusing McNamee’s allegations in a nationally televised news conference in “60 minutes”.

In their legal battle in Brooklyn, Clemens is on defense side. Richard Emery, McNamee’s lawyer thinks that they have an advantage now that the case was moved to New York.

Monday 17, Aug 2009

  Medical aspects to steroids use

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Medical aspects to steroids useSteroids are commonly associated with bodybuilding. However, most people are not aware that common drug treatments used in various medical conditions are also a form of steroids.

Take for example in bone marrow stimulation. Anabolic steroids are used to increase red blood cell count. They are particularly useful in treating hypoplastic anemia, a type of anemia commonly seen among leukemia or kidney patients.

Another use of anabolic steroids is appetite stimulation. This effect may be attributed to the increase in metabolism rate of a person. Anabolic steroids are also useful in improving muscle mass. Patients with chronic diseases like cancer or AIDS usually experience loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss. They may also experience muscle wasting due to immobilization. There are numerous studies showing that these patients were given anabolic steroids and they showed positive results. Anabolic steroids work in these conditions by increasing the energy consumption through increase food intake.

In cases where there is stunned growth due to some pituitary disorders, testosterone works best by promoting signs of puberty.

Testosterone is also beneficial as a male contraceptive. Testosterone enanthate is given to decrease normal production of testosterone in a male’s body. It is slowly gaining popularity in the field of family planning. It is also proven reliable and is a reversible type of contraceptive method.

From Knol:

Steroids are meant for different purposes and are prescribed by doctors with several intentions. In the aspect of body building, they are used for muscle development. On the other hand, there are those steroids which are used in pain relieving when exercising. Medical use of steroids is very relative and there are different approaches in which it is adopted.

Friday 10, Apr 2009

  METS SIGNS SHEFFIELD

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METS SIGNS SHEFFIELDAfter being urged by his uncle Dwight Gordon to sign in with the Mets, Gary Sheffield has a home team at last. Now there are questions if the Mets did the right thing of taking him in despite the knowledge that he has been linked to steroids. Though he claims he didn’t know that the cream he was using contained steroids.

With a new ballpark and a younger team the Mets are giving the impression that they are moving towards a fresh start. It is quite odd that they take in Sheffield when he is almost retirable, with a career going towards a decline, and a tarnished reputation.

The number of runs Sheffield makes or his good conduct will improve the Mets standing in the games. Trying to win the championships is a poor excuse. Mets sound desperate. Even if they can easily let him go at $400,000 once the Mitchell report is released to the public they will definitely lose the wholesome, family oriented image they are known for.

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