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Friday 17, Aug 2012

  Melky Cabrera Suspended For 50 Games

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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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Wednesday 18, Jul 2012

  Barry Bonds And Steroids Use

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Barry Bonds has been regarded by many as one of the greatest sports icons. Though he bettered the record of Hank Aaron’s all-time Major League baseball record of 755 on August 7th, 2007 with ease, went on to become a legend, and will be spoken of for years to come, his link-ups to anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs have actually damaged the reputation of baseball like never before.

 The American former Major League Baseball outfielder was born on July 24, 1964 and played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds, Barry Lamar Bonds debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 30, 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993. Barry, a 14-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove-winner, made his last MLB appearance on September 26, 2007 for the San Francisco Giants.

Barry Bonds holds many Major League Baseball records that include the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and the single-season Major League record for home runs with 73 in the year 2001. He is the only player to hit at least 500 home runs (762) and stolen 500 bases (514) and one of the four all-time players (besides José Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano) to be in the 40-40 club, which means he hit 40 home runs (42) and stole 40 bases (40) in the same season (1996). In the year 2002, he became the oldest player at 38 years to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time. He has also won eight Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence and earned seven National League Most Valuable Player awards, with Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990 and 1992, and with San Francisco Giants in 1993 and four years straight between 2001 and 2004.

Bonds was first associated with steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) because of the BALCO scandal where he was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury while testifying in the BALCO affair. Court documents suggested that Barry Bonds took anabolics and it was further revealed that three types of performance enhancing substances were used by the baseball slugger. During a trial, trainer of Bonds since 2000, Greg Anderson of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) was accused of supplying steroids to a number of baseball players and it was contended in the leaked grand-jury testimony of Bonds that he used “the cream” and “the clear”. Bonds later said he used what he thought was a cream for easing muscle aches and flaxseed oil. According to records prosecutors took from BALCO, the baseball slugger tested positive on three separate occasions in 2000 and 2001 for the steroid Methenolone and also tested positive two of those three times for the steroid nandrolone.

A letter from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to Bonds also informed him about a positive test and suggested that he would be subjected to six more tests over a period of one year.

 In the book Game of Shadows, written by Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada in March 2006, it was alleged that Barry Bonds made use of Stanozolol (Winstrol) and many other steroids. The authors said Bonds was making use of two designer steroids called the “cream” and the “clear” along with insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate, and trenbolone.  The cream is believed to be a testosterone-based substance reportedly given to Bonds by Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Lab Co-Operative (BALCO) while the clear is believed to be Norbolethone or THG that was used by many of the top Olympic sprinters like former 100-meter world record-holder Tim Montgomery.

Kimberly Bell, who says she dated Bonds for nine years, told the jury in the perjury trial of Bonds that Barry blamed a career-threatening elbow injury in 1999 on his steroid use. Kimberly said Bonds became increasingly angry and controlling and even underwent “changes sexually and in his testicles.”

 

All said and done, the contributions of Barry Bonds to baseball cannot be nullified unless the law of the land finds him guilty and till that time, it is best to stop accusing him any more. With 2,558 career walks and 688 career intentional walks and many more records at his side, his accomplishments are here to stay till charges are found correct.

Saturday 18, Dec 2010

  Jose Guillen off the postseason roster for using drugs

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Jose Guillen off the postseason roster for using drugsBruce Bochy, the manager of San Francisco Giants, has said that he decided to leave Jose Guillen off the postseason roster before the alleged link of a federal investigation into shipments of performance enhancing drugs was revealed.

Bochy reiterated while speaking to reporters Saturday before Game 3 of the World Series that Guillen wasn’t put on the roster for the NL division series against Atlanta because of his troublesome neck.

Major League Baseball has opened its own investigation into the matter, according to the lawyers. Baseball recently became the first major professional sport in the United States to test for H.G.H., but only on the minor league level.

This is not the first time that Guillen, 34, has been tied to performance-enhancing drugs. In 2007, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that between May 2002 and June 2005 Guillen bought more than $19,000 worth of H.G.H. and other drugs from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center.

The 34-year-old Guillen joined the Giants on August 13 and batted .266 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 42 games for the NL West champions.

Thursday 14, Oct 2010

  Three drug tests thrown out by Judge

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Three drug tests thrown out by JudgeEvidence in the perjury trial of former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds was thrown out by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston.

Among the evidence thrown out were statements allegedly made by former trainer of Barry Bonds associating him with positive tests for performance enhancing drugs.

It was contended by Bonds that he was under the impression that the substances provided to him by Anderson were legal herbal supplements.