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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Synthetic testosterone latest doping problem for Major League Baseball - Tom Verducci - SI.com

Testing will always lag behind science.

Synthetic testosterone, which aids in strength gain, muscle recovery and the prevention of tissue breakdown, has become popular because of how quickly it acts and leaves the system when measured by routine drug screening—less than 24 hours, according to some reports. Players believe they can use the synthetic testosterone, which can be applied through creams, gels and patches, immediately after being tested or before off days without fear of being caught as part of a year-round regimen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2012 at 09:21 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cmd600 Posted: November 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM (#4300018)
I think it's an interesting topic and concern, but I still wish writers weren't trying to scare us at every turn. The portrayal of the scout and trainer say a lot to me. It's still perfectly ok for a scout to make unsubstantiated claims when a guy has a hot month. When the trainer wont agree with Verducci, well obviously there's something underhanded going on here.
   2. Tricky Dick Posted: November 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM (#4300399)
One head trainer, when asked last month about the popularity of fast-acting synthetic testosterone, replied, "I don't know anything about it." That's the kind of position -- either ignorance or complicity -- that helped put baseball into The Steroid Era in the first place.


If you won't give me a quote for my story, then you are either ignorant or complicit.


   3. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: November 12, 2012 at 04:35 AM (#4300439)
"I can't force a quote I can use. That's why sports journalism is in the parlous state it's in".
   4. Gonfalon B. Posted: November 12, 2012 at 06:53 AM (#4300442)
Some say this crisis will destroy the sport within 6-18 months.
   5. depletion Posted: November 12, 2012 at 09:23 AM (#4300456)
Looks like the technology is available to catch synthetic testosterone. It would make sense to buy it and, if possible, track the ratios as the article describes. If MLB stays ahead of the curve on PED's the game is better off than the alternative - having fans argue about who takes what rather than baseball issues.
   6. Chip Posted: November 12, 2012 at 09:32 AM (#4300459)
I say in-game blood tests of all players on the active roster after every pitch. It's the only way to be sure.
   7. Bitter Mouse Posted: November 12, 2012 at 09:42 AM (#4300462)
When folks are obsessing about something, the only way to make the problem go away is to obsess on it. And after they get this peril out of baseball they can go after Unicorn pee, which is currently untestable and a true PED. Really.
   8. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: November 12, 2012 at 09:47 AM (#4300465)

Looks like the technology is available to catch synthetic testosterone. It would make sense to buy it and, if possible, track the ratios as the article describes. If MLB stays ahead of the curve on PED's the game is better off than the alternative - having fans argue about who takes what rather than baseball issues.


This is completely and totally reasonable. The proper approach for MLB towards PED usage should consider that the very appearance of impropriety has a significant, negative effect on attitudes towards the game. Keep testing as ahead of the curve as reasonably possible.

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