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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martínez gets 80-game ban for positive drug test

Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martínez was suspended for 80 games Friday under baseball’s minor league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance ibutamoren, which increases human growth hormone.

The 30-year-old right-hander signed a minor league contract with San Francisco on March 19. He was released and signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on May 7.

Martínez made a pair of starts for Triple-A Worcester, at Toledo on May 8 and against Rochester on May 14, going 0-2 with a 20.77 ERA in 4⅓ innings. He was released May 17.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2022 at 12:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos martinez, peds

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

MLB adjusts rules on controversial PED: ‘The world of anti-doping scientists really needs to figure this out’

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Since 2015, Major League Baseball has suspended 23 players who tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), better known as the anabolic steroid Oral Turinabol. Virtually all of the players penalized remain adamant they did nothing wrong, and two recently told The Athletic that the sport’s new labor pact includes changes to the Joint Drug Agreement (JDA) that support their case. Only neither of them knows precisely what those changes are. Player agents also are unclear on the modifications, and officials from the league and Players Association will not comment.

The players who received suspensions want exoneration. The league and union might be reluctant to give it to them. Any changes to the JDA seemingly would be an acknowledgment by the parties that their testing and/or discipline for DHCMT was somehow lacking. And, according to sources, the league and union fear that publicizing any adjustments might give players a roadmap to avoid detection, and rogue scientists an opening to create new, undetectable substances that would enable players to beat tests.

League officials in the past have cited the players’ positive tests as proof they used a banned substance, and have pointed to a decreased number of suspensions for DHCMT — six from 2019-21, down from 16 from 2016-18 — as evidence the system is working. But the major leaguers suspended for DHCMT, who include Giants right-hander Logan Webb and Pirates infielder/outfielder Michael Chavis, question why anyone thinks a player trying to cheat would resort to an old-school steroid used by East German athletes in the 1970s and ’80s when other, more current substances are more difficult to detect.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2022 at 10:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

‘Sometimes I cried’: Mets’ Robinson Cano reflects on suspension year

“It’s a hard moment. You have to sit in front of your teammates and apologize and talk to them. It’s harder than playing baseball,” he said. “This is something you don’t prepare a statement for. You have to say it from the heart. I am happy to be back and I want to be here to help this team. My biggest thing was not to be a distraction for the team. Especially this team, they have some new faces. They want to win. They spend the money. I don’t want to be like a stranger where no one wants to talk to me or the guys are waiting, ‘When’s he going to apologize?’ ”

Cano said he was devastated when he learned of his suspension and “disappointed in myself,” adding that he “failed” his fans, his native Dominican Republic and young players who looked up to him.

“To be honest, that’s something you don’t have the words to describe how bad you feel, not only as an athlete but as a person. You want to disappear,” he said.

He returned to his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris for a year of purgatory and penance, which he spent working out, playing winter ball, being a full-time father and fighting his first bout of melancholia.

“Now I know what it feels like when someone has depression,” he said of a sentiment so unfamiliar, he fumbled for a minute to find the word in English.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2022 at 10:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, robinson cano

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Danny Santana, Richard Rodríguez, Jose Rondón suspended 80 games each by MLB for positive drug tests

Outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodríguez and infielder José Rondón were suspended for 80 games each on Monday in the first discipline since the major league drug testing program resumed March 11 after a 99-day suspension during the lockout.

The three, all free agents, tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance boldenone, the commissioner’s office said Monday.

The tests resulted from urine samples taken before the lockout started Dec. 2, but MLB concluded it could not announce discipline during the workout, a person familiar with the testing program said, speaking on condition of anonymity because that detail was not announced.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2022 at 10:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

With lockout, MLB opens the door to steroids flooding back into the game

On Feb. 7, MLB announced that it had halted its drug testing program for the first time in nearly 20 years, raising questions about whether players will use this period of indefinite freedom to hit the juice again. According to a doctor who has worked with Major League players in the past, the floodgates have already busted open. He told the Daily News that several active players have asked him this winter how to use steroids as safely as possible now that it’s not technically against the rules.

“In the last month, two months after the lockout, we’ve had half a dozen MLB players consulting me,” said Dr. Thomas O’Connor, author of the book “America on Steroids.”

In his previous work with ballplayers, O’Connor said, “Yankees came to me, Boston guys, guys from LA.” Now that the lockout is here and league-mandated testing is not, they’re making some calls again.

“Last week I (talked with) another MLB guy,” O’Connor revealed. “They’re asking.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 01, 2022 at 03:43 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

Monday, February 07, 2022

Major League Baseball stops testing its players for steroids after nearly 20 years, report says

Major League Baseball has stopped testing players for steroids for the first time in nearly 20 years due to the expiration of the sport’s drug agreement, two people familiar with the sport’s Joint Drug Program told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no public announcement was made.

The halt in testing is a casualty of the sport’s lockout that started Dec. 2 and a provision in the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players’ association that states “the termination date and time of the program shall be 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2021.”

“It should be a major concern to all those who value fair play,” Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said Monday.

MLB and the union declined comment on the halt.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2022 at 06:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: peds

Monday, January 31, 2022

Doug Glanville: Why I’m glad Barry Bonds wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame

I don’t see why this distinction cannot be made who took PEDs and also had a record-setting impact. If we want to recognize PED users in the Hall, we can build them an exhibit, or even their own wing. We should acknowledge all of our history, both glorious and ugly. Like I am, with my paper, they can be in the Hall—as a fixture and as a recognition of their accomplishments. But I don’t see why they need a plaque.

What we celebrate—what we enshrine—should have a different set of criteria. We cannot treat induction into the Hall as simply an act of historical graduation—automatic entry into the Hall because the numbers are in record books—especially when the inductees did not stand on the shoulders of their predecessors so much as trample them into the ground with glee.

This is how society too often frames history: The winners tell the stories and end up on the pedestal. But how they get there matters, and if we put PEDs on a pedestal, it is one built with bricks etched with the names of many players left in their wake who also have compelling stories to tell.

Every record that Bonds broke was against another player. Bonds faced pitchers, just as Roger Clemens faced hitters. And the fact that so many baseball players—myself included—had to consistently try to beat out people who had a constant advantage is not something I can brush off simply because their final numbers made our eyes pop out of our heads.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 31, 2022 at 01:02 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, peds

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Examining Barry Bonds’ slam-dunk Hall of Fame resume before he was linked to steroids

Simply for the purposes of entertainment, we’re imagining that Bonds was done playing after the 1998 season. Here’s the case we have:

In 13 seasons, he hit .290/.411/.556. That’s good for a 164 OPS+, which would be 14th all-time, ahead of players like Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Stan Musial, Frank Thomas, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Mel Ott, Frank Robinson and we can probably stop now. Sure, most players have a decline phase that takes them backward in these rate stats and at age 33, Bonds hadn’t done so, but it shows where he was.

In those 13 seasons, he led his league in runs once, home runs once, RBI once, walks five times, on-base percentage four times, slugging three times, OPS five times, OPS+ four times, total bases once and position-player WAR seven times. Oh, and he was feared. He led in intentional walks seven years.

He won three MVPs (1990, 1992, 1993) and finished second once. He had seven top-five finishes in MVP voting. The three MVPs would be tied for the most ever with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt, Mickey Mantle, Roy Campanella, Yogi Berra, Musial and Foxx.

He also had, again, in 13 seasons, eight Gold Gloves and seven Silver Sluggers. The eight Gold Gloves are a record for left fielders and he won them within these 13 seasons.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2022 at 01:10 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, peds



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