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Saturday 30, Apr 2016

  Dee Gordon Suspended 80 Games For Doping

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Dee Gordon, the reigning National League batting champion, has been suspended for 80 games early Friday after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced the suspension that Gordon had tested positive for Exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol.

MLB made the announcement after the Marlins’ victory in Los Angeles. The suspension was the second in second in eight days for a player coming off the best season of his career. Chris Colabello, an undrafted former independent leaguer who hit .321 for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, was also handed suspension for 80 games. Colabello was informed by MLB that he had tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone but was not suspended until April 22 after his appeal was denied.

Gordon is hitting .266 and was tied for the team lead in runs scored, with 13, and led the Marlins in steals, with six despite a low .289 on-base percentage. Gordon hit .333 — 61 points above his career average as a Dodger — last season. He led the league in stolen bases and hits while winning a Gold Glove. Gordon rewarded him with a five-year, $50 million contract in January though he was to make only $3 million this season. Gordon issued a statement through the Players’ Association where denied using banned drugs on purpose. The statement said he did not so knowingly and he has informed that test results showed he ingested something that contained prohibited substances.

In the statement, Gordon added the hardest part about this is feeling that he has let down his teammates, the organization, and the fans. The American professional baseball second baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball added he should have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20-plus tests that he had taken and passed throughout his career prove this. Gordon, who previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he made a mistake and will accept the consequences.

Gordon was praised by Marlins’ owner, Jeffrey Loria when Gordon’s contract was announced in January. In a statement then, Loria said it is truly incredible and historic what he did in his first season with our ball club. Miami’s team president, David Samson, said the Marlins would welcome Gordon back and added the Marlins completely support the Major League Baseball drug prevention program in every way. Samson remarked the Marlins were informed on Thursday of the positive test and added it is a huge disappointment and a huge loss for our team as we love Dee Gordon, but we do not like what he did.

Marlins Manager Don Mattingly remarked he was shocked and surprised at the positive test of Gordon and said the bad news deflated a team that should have been celebrating its sweep. Mattingly remarked you as a team would expect our guys to be in there all excited and then we get this news and that’s not quite the feeling. The Marlins Manager said we will support Dee and said Gordon is like one of his kids and we are going to move forward.

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Friday 17, Aug 2012

  Melky Cabrera Suspended For 50 Games

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Melky Cabrera Suspended For 50 Games – Cliff Notes
 

Melky Cabrera - testosteroneSan Francisco Giants left fielder @Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games by the Major League Baseball after he tested positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. The suspension puts an abrupt end to what had undoubtedly been an MVP-caliber regular season and throw the playoff hopes of Giants into doubt.

Cabrera, who began his major league career with the Yankees, was hitting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs in his first season with San Francisco and leads the National League with 159 hits. He is second in batting average behind Pittsburgh‘s Andrew McCutchen. Despite the suspension, Cabrera may still be able to win the NL batting title as he has 501 plate appearances, one less than the minimum needed to win a batting championship for a player on a team playing 162 games. Under 10.22(a) of the Official Baseball Rules, Melky Cabrera may win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.

In a statement, the San Francisco Giants said the team fully supports the policy of Major League Baseball and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from baseball. With the suspension, Cabrera became the second player of Giants to receive a drug suspension this season. In May, reliever Guillermo Mota was penalized for 100 games and became just the third player of the Major League to be disciplined twice for positive drug tests.

Melky Cabrera tests positive for Testosterone – Video

Born on August 11, 1984, Melky Astacio Cabrera is a Dominican professional baseball player presently playing for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has been associated with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, and Kansas City Royals in the past. In 2005, Melky Cabrera made his MLB debut for the Yankees and won the All Star Game MVP Award in 2012.

The 28-year-old Cabrera produced a 51-hit month in May and was given nicknames like “Got Melk?” ‘‘Melk Man” and “Melky Way.” In May, Melky Cabrera batted .429 in May with three homers, five triples, seven doubles and 17 RBIs and hit safely in 25 of 29 games. His 51 hits matched Randy Winn for most hits in a month since the club came to San Francisco in 1958. He also set the record of most hits for San Francisco in May and surpassed Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ 49 from 1958. The baseball player ranks second in baseball with a .346 batting average. The failed test may end up costing the baseball player in excess of $60 to $70 million this winter, which may be the highest cost any player has ever paid for failing a drug test because of the timing of the suspension.

The news of Melky Cabrera’s suspension for the use of testosterone even draw comments from Victor Conte, the founder of BALCO that was at the heart of Major League Baseball’s steroids scandal. Conte said as half of all baseball players are still using performance enhancing drugs and added that the only players that get caught are “the dumb, and the dumber.”

 

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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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Tuesday 10, Jul 2012

  Prescription drug abuse on the rise

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The adventurous bent for giving it all on the field may increase the risk of a player to abuse prescription drugs, according to specialists at a local summit of medical, coaching, and sports industry professionals.

Laurence Westreich, a drug abuse psychiatrist and consultant for Major League Baseball, said painkillers and stimulants used for controlling the symptoms of attention deficit disorders are increasingly being abused wile the world is all focused on the abuse of anabolic steroids.

Michael Harris, a pain specialist at the Andrews Institute and an orthopedic and sports medicine surgical center in Gulf Breeze, said athletes often are exposed to pain medications following acute injuries and physicians issuing prescriptions for more than two weeks at a time should be challenged for a more conservative approach.

Conference participant Barbara Morris, director of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute at the University of South Florida, said those issues are magnified in youth athletics.