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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Sources: New York Mets’ Robinson Cano banned for year due to PED

New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and will be suspended for the entire 2021 season, sources told ESPN.

It is the second PED suspension for Cano, 38, who missed 80 games in 2018 after testing positive for a diuretic while with the Seattle Mariners.

A second positive results in an automatic 162-game suspension, according to the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. Cano will forfeit his $24 million salary.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 18, 2020 at 03:42 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, peds, robinson cano

Monday, November 09, 2020

MLB barely tested for PEDs this season

Testing for performance-enhancing drugs was not done during MLB’s lockdown period and its frequency was down considerably — though it was not absent — during the 60 regular-season games and the postseason in 2020, The Post has learned.

MLB and the Players Association partner on a joint drug prevention and treatment program. The agreement calls for use of a Montreal lab, certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency, for testing. But that lab was closed for much of the period from mid-March through early July in which MLB also did not operate, so there was no testing during that time. Additionally, in some jurisdictions there was difficulty with the protocol due to COVID-19 restrictions, such as sample collectors not being deemed essential personnel, sources said….

“The most obvious reason I can see for not making this information public or available to players is that it would become ripe for abuse if it was known ahead of time,” Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller, a member of the union’s executive subcommittee, wrote in an email. “I will say that by the end [of the season] it was pretty clear [that PED testing was down].”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2020 at 05:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

Monday, June 29, 2020

Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Edgar Santana suspended 80 games

Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Edgar Santana was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Sunday after testing positive for a banned substance.

MLB said in a statement that Santana, 28, was positive for Boldenone, a performance enhancer.

Santana, a right-handed reliever, missed the 2019 season because of Tommy John surgery.

In 2018, he appeared in 69 games for the Pirates, going 3-4 with a 3.31 ERA. He struck out 74 in 66⅓ innings that season.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2020 at 09:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Pete Rose: ‘No comparison’ between steroids, greenies in Major League Baseball

Among topics former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose discussed earlier this week with Joe, Lo & Dibs on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco was drug use in baseball. And the Hit King insists that “greenies” - the amphetamines many players took during Rose’s career - did not have anywhere close to the impact that steroids did more recently.

“They’ve been treated that way because they’re linked to steroids. ... I’m gonna be honest with you: (Mark) McGwire and (Sammy) Sosa saved the game,” Rose told the radio show. “The game was headed downhill and that had that home run derby. ... That was fun to watch. That was a lot of fun to watch. ... The guys that are linked to drugs - just like the guys that are linked to gambling - aren’t gonna get no votes for the Hall of Fame. I think they belong there. ... Steroids is a lot better than greenies. ... A greenie is nothing more than a diet pill. It’s a diet pill. A greenie is something that’ll curb your appetite. It’s not gonna make you stronger. It’s not gonna make you faster. It’s not gonna make you quicker like steroids. ... There is no comparison. ... (Diet pills) didn’t affect my play. Do you understand what I’m saying? I mean, so it’s no big deal. When you have to go to a doctor and get a diet pill, I mean that’s not gonna help you hit a baseball further or anything like that. But you go to a doctor and get steroids ... I don’t know a damn thing about steroids, and I never had any guys on my team take steroids when I was a manager from ‘84 to ‘89. And certainly Joe Morgan didn’t take steroids, and Tony Perez didn’t, and Johnny Bench didn’t - neither did George Foster. Those guys were just good hitters and big guys that could hit the ball out of the ballpark. But guys today - you see these athletes today - they’re monsters! They’re all big. ... These kids are bigger today. ... It’s amazing how big these athletes are today and how fragile they are. That’s another thing. I used to always tell people ... when you walk in the clubhouse, it says, ‘If you play today, you get paid. And if you don’t play today, you don’t get paid.’ How many of them would take days off? None. ... I think the greatest thing in the world for players ... is a multi-year contract. It gives us security for our families, right? But the worst thing for you and I as fans is a multi-year contract. Because players don’t have to play. They can take two days off a week.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2020 at 12:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, pete rose

Thursday, June 11, 2020

ESPN ‘30 for 30’ Documentary ‘Long Gone Summer’ Tardy on the Fastball

The film’s running time is one hour and 43 minutes, but it’s a full hour and a half before performance enhancing drugs are even mentioned. Apparently, Schnack isn’t interested in telling the complete story of the ‘98 home run chase, opting instead to revisit the time when most of us experienced ignorant bliss about the situation.

Yes, we could all use a feel-good story right now. Since February, the country has endured a stock market crash on par with 1929, a pandemic like 1918, unemployment reminiscent of 1933 and civil unrest rivaling 1968. But two baseball players turning their bodies into human science projects and tarnishing the integrity of the game isn’t it. With extensive interviews of both McGwire and Sosa, this is really just a long-form piece of access journalism, with neither man being asked about steroid usage prior to the end of the documentary.

The results are expected: McGwire again comes clean and owns up while Sosa remains evasive and stubborn. The former comes off much better than the latter, which is ironic given how Sosa had more charisma than McGwire during their salad days.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 11, 2020 at 03:11 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: 30 for 30, mark mcgwire, peds, sammy sosa



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