Monday, August 19, 2013
A-Rod’s lawyer Joe Tacopina “would love nothing more” than to defend A-Rod and to talk about his testing history. If only MLB would be kind enough to waive the confidentiality agreement in the joint-drug agreement!
Well, at the beginning of an interview on the Today show this morning, Matt Lauer revealed that MLB—in clever, twisted fashion—sent a letter “overnight” saying they’d do exactly that. Tacopina, unprepared for this news, promptly short circuits.
At this point, I’m fairly certain that WWE is booking the A-Rod saga.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
In 2013, baseball amended its Joint Drug Testing Agreement to include in-season blood testing for HGH, but with a special provision carved out only for the isoform test. Should a major leaguer test positive for HGH, he has the right to challenge in arbitration not just his specific test, but the entire underlying science of the isoform test. This provision does not exist for other drugs, like nandrolone, for which the testing science is agreed upon. “The reason we went forward,” Weiner says, “was that on the one hand we believed that there was some scientific validity to what we saw [in the isoform test]. On the other hand we weren’t really sure.” In other words, MLB and the MLBPA built into the agreement a degree of uncertainty about the test; it just hasn’t been challenged because no major leaguer has come up positive yet. And thanks to a recent Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling that overturned the HGH positive of an Estonian skier because of questions about WADA’s decision limits, if a baseball player did test positive, “I think it would be very difficult to uphold,” Weiner says.
A good read, albeit mostly on the NFL and broader HGH testing issues.
Results: Body cell mass was correlated with all measures of performance at baseline. Growth hormone significantly reduced fat mass, increased lean body mass through an increase in extracellular water, and increased body cell mass in men when coadministered with testosterone. Growth hormone significantly increased sprint capacity, by 0.71 kJ (95% CI, 0.1 to 1.3 kJ; relative increase, 3.9% [CI, 0.0% to 7.7%]) in men and women combined and by 1.7 kJ (CI, 0.5 to 3.0 kJ; relative increase, 8.3% [CI, 3.0% to 13.6%]) when coadministered with testosterone to men; other performance measures did not significantly change. The increase in sprint capacity was not maintained 6 weeks after discontinuation of the drug.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN????
“If HGH were legal,” Madson said, “just in the process of healing, under a doctor’s recommendation, in the right dosage, while you’re on the [disabled list], I don’t think that’s such a bad idea—as long as it doesn’t have any lasting side effects, negative side effects.”
This is a question that has occurred to a number of athletes who were willing to break the law and do so at the risk of getting caught, at the more important risk of harming their bodies further and suffering from the stigma associated with attempting to gain an advantage from an illegal drug.
But Madson wants to make one thing perfectly clear.
“Right now,” Madson said, “it’s cheating. I’ve never done anything like that, and I won’t.”
Madson hasn’t brought it to the attention of Major League Baseball or even mentioned it to Angels trainers because he knows it’s illegal—the U.S. Food and Drug Administration only allows it in rare instances—and because, as he said, “I’m still believing that I can come back.
“But I will still believe, even if I get healthy without that,” Madson added, “that it should be legal, in the right dosage, under supervision, with doctors, for the only purposes to help heal and get players back in the Major Leagues. Because people want to watch them, because of their talents, just to get them back on the field to play. That’s it. I think it would be good for the game; I think it would be good for the fans. Fans want to see the best players play, and they want to see the players that they watch come back from injury and stay back. I think it would be a good thing.”
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