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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.

Wednesday 22, Dec 2010

  Harvard school plays host to baseball agents

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Harvard school plays host to baseball agentsThe Harvard Law School recently presented a star-studded lineup of baseball authorities in a panel discussion about the growing role of baseball agents.

This panel included big names such as Scott Boras who was joined by panelists Donald M. Fehr, executive director of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Players Association, sportswriter Jerry Crasnick, and Executive Vice President of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred.

Boras is well known in the baseball circles for negotiating the highest paying contract for the New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez at $252 million for ten years.

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.

Thursday 23, Sep 2010

  Harvard Law School plays host to baseball agents

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Harvard Law School plays host to baseball agentsThe Harvard Law School presented a star-studded lineup of baseball authorities in a panel discussion about the increasingly prominent role of agents in baseball.

The panel featured reputed agent Scott Boras who was joined by panelists Donald M. Fehr, executive director of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Players Association, sportswriter Jerry Crasnick, and Executive Vice President of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred.

Boras is well-known for negotiating the highest paying contract in the history of baseball, which was a 10-year contract worth $252 million for New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Wednesday 08, Sep 2010

  Complete truth revealed by Brian McNamee

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Complete truth revealed by Brian McNameeBrian McNamee, an important figure in investigation by George Mitchell into steroid use in baseball, breathe a little easier after revealing the complete truth and putting an end to his involvement with sprawling steroid probe of the government.

McNamee‘s friend Kirk Radomski, the former Mets clubhouse attendant who supplied steroids to ballplayers, said Brian told the truth and what he was supposed to do.

Saturday 04, Sep 2010

  Use of steroids should be allowed in NFL

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Use of steroids should be allowed in NFLRoger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, recently remarked that he is in the favor of expanding the regular season to 17 or 18 games over the next few years. If this proposal gets the go-ahead, every team will be getting an extra home game and they will also be facing an opponent at a neutral site.

With accusations of over-fatigued players and steroid use in baseball plaguing the game, this comes as no respite and it will not be long before more players jump into the steroid brigade to sustain their positions and keep off the competition at bay.

Kevin Van Valkenburg of the Baltimore Sun reacted to the proposal by remarking that players should then be given the complete freedom to make use of steroids, HGH, or even marijuana to combat pressure.

Friday 07, Nov 2008

  Steroid use in Dominican Summer League striking

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It is not only in the National Football League that there has been a spate of failed drug tests, it has also happened at the Dominican Summer League.

USA Today digs deeper into this news:

Carlos Galvez’s shoulder and elbow were throbbing, but the Chicago Cubs prospect had heard of a fellow pitcher getting shelved for two weeks when he complained of a sore arm, and he was determined to finish the Dominican Summer League season.

So when a teammate offered a remedy that was supposed to be legal, Galvez reluctantly got injected with it. He wasn’t told what he was taking, only that it would ease the pain and not make him test positive. A week later he tested positive for boldenone, an anabolic steroid.

Galvez was one of 40 DSL players suspended this past season for 50 games for use of performance-enhancing drugs, an incidence that made front-page news in the Dominican Republic.

The number is striking compared to the rest of pro baseball. The 1,207 players in the DSL — a rookie league that runs June to August and is populated mostly by Dominican and Venezuelan teenagers — made up 15% of all players under contract to major league teams at the start of the season, yet they accounted for nearly 60% (40 of 68) of positive drug tests this year.

The report says that the very significant number of positive tests among DSL players is linked to several factors, including economics and ignorance or naivety of players.

Young people who want to improve their economic status by making it big in the pro league tend to put their trust to the buscones or scouts. These buscones are considered to be part of the problem of steroid use among young Dominican athletes.

“We talk to them all the time, but at that level kids are still influenced by the infamous buscones,” says major league pitcher Mario Soto. “They still trust in them.”

Chuck Yesalis, on the other hand, blames the lack of education on these substances for the failed tests.

“Unlike elite athletes in America,” says Yesalis, professor emeritus at Penn State University and an expert in performance-enhancing drugs, “fewer of them have available to them knowledge or medical advisers on what to take and what not to take so they don’t get caught.”

The prevalent use of anabolic steroids in the DSL is also due to their easy availability and their effectiveness in enhancing athletic performance.

“You can find it anywhere,” says Jose Guillen of Kansas City Royals.

White Sox reliever Octavio Dotel, meanwhile, explains why many are lured to use the prohibited compounds.

“If I had known how effective that stuff was, I would have tried it, too, because the results are incredible,” says Dotel, who said he never has actually used them. “If you’re a 17-year-old kid who’s throwing 87, 88 (mph), and you use that stuff and after a while you’re throwing 92, 93, of course you’re going to buy it.”

Monday 13, Oct 2008

  Jose Canseco going from Steroids to HCG Smuggling

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Jose Canseco steroidsJose Canseco is just non stop.  Jose Canseco gave up anabolic steroids, so he’s using HCG, but then again does he have a brain.  Why would he bring HCG over the border from Mexico when you’re on of the most recognize steroid users in the USA?  After Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco is probably the most notable figure in steroids and baseball.   So why is he brining PCT (post cycle therapy) drugs over the border? is he still using anabolic steroids? obviously he is.  Has he not heard of the internet? obviously NOT! he could have easily gotten HCG over the internet from a pharmacy delivered to his home.

What we cannot understand is why does Jose Canseco need to use anabolic steroids? does he not understant the mounting political and media pressure on him to be in the public light?  It’s obvious he doesn’t understand the consequences of steroid use in the public eye.  He would rather buy steroids over the border in mexico and bring them back, then use his brain and order anabolic steroids online.  It was very obvious that Jose Canseco was/is also using human growth hormone (HGH) and probably some IGF-1 or MGF.  It depends on how much he can smuggle over the border.

The realistic situation about Jose Canseco is not going to change, as he is arrogant.  Jose Canseco doesn’t think he can be touched after his book exposing so called steroid users in baseball and sports.  Jose Canseco forgets the criminal penalties in USA for steroid use, especially since he’s a big media figure – they will make an example of him.

Saturday 04, Oct 2008

  Home runs linked to steroid use

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barry bonds steroidsHome runs in the major leagues plummet to 15-year low, and some speculate that it maybe due to steroid testing.

Torri Hunter, outfielder of the Los Angeles Angels, is one of those who say that there might be a link between the drop in home run records and the league’s implementation of steroid testing.

From Sports Illustrated:

“I think the steroid testing has something to do with it,” Torri Hunter said. “If there were any guys who were taking it, they’re not taking it anymore. I’d say it’s a small percentag

When big stars like Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Barry Bonds were implicated in the use of PEDs during the BALCO incident, the Major League was put under pressure to adopt a more stringent steroid-testing program. Prior to the controversy, doping was never a major concern in the pro league.

At the start of the season in 2005, Major League Baseball finally acted and came up with an agreement that attempted to pacify angry lawmakers and dubious baseball fans. Under the new policy, random and offseason testing were instituted.

“I’ve been saying for some time that my goal for this industry is zero tolerance regarding steroids,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig was quoted as saying during the announcement of said new policy.

“We had a problem, and we dealt with the problem,” Selig said. “I regarded this as not only a health issue, but certainly you could say it was an integrity issue in this sport. We’re acting today to help restore the confidence of our fans.”

Many, however, still considered the new policy as punitive. Under the new policy, which was implemented January 2005, a first positive test would result in a penalty of 10 days, a second positive test in a 30-day ban, a third positive in a 60-day penalty, and a fourth positive test in a one-year ban — all without pay. A player who tests positive a fifth time would be subject to discipline determined by the commissioner.

Then on November 2005, MLB owners and players agreed to toughen up the policy some more with these following agreements:

•    First positive steroids test: 50 game suspension.
•    Second positive steroids test: 100 game suspension.
•    Third positive steroids test: Lifetime ban, subject to right to seek reinstatement after two years of suspension, with arbitral review of reinstatement decision.

Every player will have:

•    A pre-season test in connection with spring training physicals.
•    An unannounced test during the season on a randomly selected date.
•    There will be additional, year-round random testing.
•    No matter how many times a player is tested, he remains subject to an additional random test.
•    Testing will occur during the off-season.

Monday 21, Jul 2008

  F.P. Santangelo admits steroid use

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F.P. Santangelo SteroidsIt seems that now F.P. Santangelo is being treated as a hero for admitting steroid use. The former Giants baseball player was caught in the Mitchell Report (a waste of government taxpayer dollars) as a steroid user. He did something no baseball player has done, the told the truth. He came out and said he used anabolic steroids, and he was sorry for it. Everyone makes mistakes, and we give great honor to F.P. Santangelo for having the courage to face the public misguided ignorant wrath about his steroid use.

The fallout from the Mitchell report continues. Barry Bonds can’t find a job. Roger Clemens is embroiled in lawsuits. The responses from those implicated have been familiar: (1) file a lawsuit, (2) claim you took a tainted supplement and (3) above all, deny, deny, deny.

But at least one person managed the mess differently. F.P. Santangelo has provided a tutorial to baseball on what to do when caught in a steroid scandal.

Here is his shocking tactic:

“Just tell the truth.”