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Saturday 25, Aug 2012

  Colon Banned 50 Games For Positive Test

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Bartolo ColonOakland Athletics’ right-handed pitcher @Bartolo Colon has been suspended for fifty games after he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The suspension was announced on Wednesday by Major League Baseball (MLB).

In a statement released through the MLBPA, the 39-year-old Colon rendered an apology to his fans, teammates, and his team while accepting responsibility for his actions. Colon added that he is ready to serve suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.

The suspension of Colon was the second ban of 50-game imposed by the MLB this week after Giants’ All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for testosterone last week.

Bartolo Colon has a career record of 171-122 and a 4.05 ERA and signed a $2 million contract with the Oakland Athletics, his seventh Major League team, for a period of one year. His failed test for testosterone immediately led to the removal of his belongings from his locker at Oakland Athletics and his nameplate was also taken down.

A person familiar with the suspension said the baseball pitcher has not filed grievance at all and added that the Major League Baseball had not found any links between Colon and Cabrera at this point.

Joseph R. Purita, an orthopedic surgeon in Florida, had revealed last year that he assisted a team of doctors in Dominican Republic with the treatment of Colon and added that he had used human growth hormone in the procedure, but not in this case.

The former Cy Young Award winner joins San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera on the suspended list for the rest of the regular season with the suspension announcement. Colon would be missing the final 40 games of the regular season and the first ten games of the post-season if Oakland gets that far. If not, any reminder of the suspension would be served in a future season of another league contract is signed by Colon.

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In a statement, Oakland Athletics said the team is really disappointed to learn of Colon’s suspension as he was one the team was relying on. The place of Colon was given to Tyson Ross by General manager Billy Beane. Colon has a 171-122 record in 15 big league seasons and the right-hander won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award when he was the Los Angeles Angels. After the suspension, he would be losing $469,945 of his $2 million base salary this year and it would also cost him the chance to make $850,000 in additional bonuses based on innings.

This year, five players have been suspended under the big league drug program. In June, Philadelphia infielder Freddy Galvis (clostebol metabolite) and free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd (tamoxifen) were suspended for fifty games each and San Francisco reliever Guillermo Mota (clenbuterol) was penalized for 100 games in May. The 50-game suspension of NL MVP Ryan Braun was overturned after it was argued that his urine sample was not handled according to the rules in the drug program specified at the time. Under the minor league drug program, there have been 76 suspensions this year.

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Saturday 28, Jul 2012

  Jason Giambi Placed On 15-Day Disabled List

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Jason Giambi has been put by the Colorado Rockies on the disabled list after he was found suffering from viral syndrome. The placement of Giambi is retro-active to July 21st on the disabled list.

This season, the 41-year-old has batted .241 (19-for-79) with 4 doubles, 1 home run, 8 RBI, 7 runs and 17 walks in 47 games for Colorado Rockies and has been a member of the team since September 2009. The West Covina, California native has batted .251 (103-for-410) with 20 doubles, 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 48 runs and 76 walks in 217 games with the Rockies and is a ) career hitter with 395 doubles, 429 home runs, 1,405 RBI, 1,203 runs scored and 1,331 walks in 2,150 career games with Oakland (1995-2001, 2009), the New York Yankees (2002-08) and Colorado (2009-2012).

 Scott Miller: Giambi and MLB

 

The American professional baseball first baseman with the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball was born on January 8, 1971 and was the American League MVP in 2000 while with the Oakland Athletics.

He was named one of the Top 10 Most Superstitious Athletes by Men’s Fitness. In the year 1992, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 2nd round in 1992 and spent the 1993 season playing for the Modesto A’s, the Oakland Athletics’ single A farm team. In 1995, Jason Giambi made his major league debut in 1995 with the Oakland Athletics and led the team in 1998 with 27 home runs, 110 RBIs, and a .295 batting average.

Jason signed a 7-year $120-million deal with the New York Yankees on December 13, 2001. Giambi hit his 300th career home run off of Esteban Yan of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 31, 2005 and ended the 2005 season leading the major leagues in walk percentage (20.6%) and leading the American League in walks for the 4th time in his career (109), and in OBP for the 3rd time in his career (.440, as well as in fly ball percentage (47.7%).

In 2003, the baseball player admitted before a federal grand jury in 2003 that he used anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, according to transcripts of testimony.

The former American League MVP told the grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids case that he made use of anabolic steroids obtained from Greg Anderson, the personal trainer for San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds. He described the products received from Anderson “undetectable” steroids known as “the clear” and “the cream” and added he injected human growth hormone into his stomach and testosterone into his buttocks.

“The clear” is a liquid drug that is administered under the tongue a few drops at a time while “The cream” is a testosterone-based balm rubbed onto the body. Anderson described “the cream” and “the clear” as “an alternative to steroids, but it doesn’t show on a steroid test,” Giambi said. Jason Giambi also apologized for using performance enhancing drugs his career. Jason’s younger brother Jeremy, a former Oakland outfielder, also told the grand jury that he injected banned drugs received from Anderson.

 

 

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Saturday 26, Feb 2011

  Retired star admits to use of steroids

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Retired star admits to use of steroidsThe former St Louis Cardinals, Mark McGwire, has rendered a public apology after saying that he did used steroids for health reasons and not for performance improvements.

McGwire has admitted using steroids when he was a player, including in the year 1998 when he broke the single-season home run record.

The 46-year-old said an admission applauded by Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig that he used steroids during his playing career.

Thursday 25, Nov 2010

  Alderson addressed issue of steroid use in baseball

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Alderson addressed issue of steroid use in baseballThe Mets’ new general manager, Sandy Alderson, who presided over the Oakland Athletics and G.M. in the late 1980s, recently addressed the issue of steroid use in baseball.

It is worthwhile to note that Alderson was interviewed by Congress and former Senator George Mitchell for a report on the subject after Jose Canseco wrote a book detailing his and teammate Mark McGwire’s use of performance enhancing drugs.

I wanted to enact drug testing at the time but was limited by California state law and the collective bargaining agreement with the players, says Alderson.