Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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 08:21 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: steroids

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Stevey Posted: November 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM (#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 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM (#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 03:35 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 Bubble Posted: November 12, 2012 at 05:53 AM (#4300442)
Some say this crisis will destroy the sport within 6-18 months.
   5. depletion Posted: November 12, 2012 at 08:23 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 08:32 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. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 12, 2012 at 08:42 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 08:47 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Eugene Freedman
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogBaseball Is The Most Listened To Sport On Radio
(26 - 7:23pm, Jul 21)
Last: Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com

NewsblogOTP 2018 July 16: Why Does President Trump Balk At Attending Baseball Games?
(1315 - 7:21pm, Jul 21)
Last: spycake

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (let's call it July 2018)
(599 - 7:03pm, Jul 21)
Last: Omineca Greg

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for the weekend of July 21-22, 2018
(29 - 6:40pm, Jul 21)
Last: cardsfanboy

Gonfalon CubsLooking Forward
(44 - 6:13pm, Jul 21)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogOT: Soccer Thread (World Cup)
(3267 - 5:53pm, Jul 21)
Last: G. Bostock

NewsblogAgent: Mets should trade Jacob deGrom if not interested in long-term deal
(11 - 5:45pm, Jul 21)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogNow in Living Color: Ted Williams’s Last Game
(30 - 2:40pm, Jul 21)
Last: Morty Causa

NewsblogOT - 2018 NBA Summer Potpourri (finals, draft, free agency, Colangelo dragging)
(3554 - 2:20pm, Jul 21)
Last: this is normal 57i66135. move on, find a new slant

NewsblogJack White’s Bat Inducted Into Baseball Hall Of Fame
(5 - 10:28am, Jul 21)
Last: Brian C

Newsblog14 minutes of sound footage from the April 1931 Yankees-Red Sox season opener (YouTube)
(27 - 8:24am, Jul 21)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogStop! Collaborate and OMNICHATTER! for Friday, July 20, 2018.
(66 - 1:47am, Jul 21)
Last: Perry

NewsblogRob Manfred: Mike Trout limits his popularity because he won't market himself
(95 - 10:52pm, Jul 20)
Last: NJ in NY (Now with Baby!)

NewsblogBBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018
(164 - 9:58pm, Jul 20)
Last: Jose Canusee

NewsblogIndians deal for ace reliever Brad Hand
(40 - 8:42pm, Jul 20)
Last: HOLLA(R)

Page rendered in 0.2305 seconds
46 querie(s) executed