Tag Archives: steroids

The Return of Clemens

27 Aug

And we thought we heard the last of Roger Clemens when he avoided being charge with perjury/doping this Spring. Now the 50-year old pitcher has returned to the mound. Saturday was the first day Clemens pitched for the minor league team the Sugar Land Skeeters(yes their mascot is actually a mosquito).

So how did Clemens do after being out of the game for 5 years? He looked pretty good for an old dude. Clemens threw 37 pitches, allowing one hit and topping out at 88 miles per hour. Although Clemens says he’s currently not interested in pitching in the majors again scouts from the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals attended the game.

Clemens is on the ballot this year for the Hall of Fame if he decided to return to the pros, that vote would be pushed back 5-years. I think 5-years is good buffer for people to forget about all the doping controversy, that is unless you dope again. And returning to the major leagues at 50 has steroid need written all over it.

-M

 

 

Big Surprise More Doping in Baseball

23 Aug

Yet another baseball player is being suspended for the use of synthetic testosterone. This time it is Oakland’s Athletics’ pitcher Bartolo Colon. He will join his fellow teammate Melky Cabrera with a 50-game suspension. Colon will definitely be missed by the As he was a solid starter who over 24 starts had an 3.43 ERA(earned run average, Jered Weaver has the top ERA currently at 2.29).

Synthetic testosterone is popular because of its ability to leave your system within 6 to 8 hours. It also if used in small doses will not elevate testosterone to an alarming level. Despite the obvious popularity of this steroid and former drug pusher Victor Conte pointing out the lack of adequate testing by the MLB changed little.. The MLB has said that they are now exploring anyone who has slightly high testosterone on any test not just the one specifically destined to test for synthetic testosterone. And maybe it’s working they caught Colon. But the MLB is delusion if they think only these two players were engaging in this activity. But there defense is that they cannot afford to test everyone as much as they would like. If they could how many players would be left standing?

-M

So Everyone is On Drugs

17 Aug

I’m always amazing that out of all the sports, baseball is the one in the spotlight for steroid use. I understand it takes a lot of power to hit the ball and you need to be able to run fast but I also remember pictures of a chubby Babe Ruth . . . so you can see my confusion. But yet again another player has been suspended. San Francisco Giants’ outfielder, Melky Cabrera, received a 50 game suspension for having high levels of testosterone. Cabrera is an MVP who leads the league in hits with 159 and is second in batting average at .346. The record for highest batting average held by Ty Cobb is .366. (The batting average is number of hits divided by times the player is at the plate batting). So you can imagine losing him will really hurt the Giants.

In reaction to the suspension Giants general manager Brian Sabean was only slightly surprised shocked. Sabean said, “I was actually in the meeting with Bruce when he talked to the players and I kind of got emotional because I didn’t see something like this coming.” Who did see this coming? None other than steroid developer and pusher Victor Conte. You may remember Conte from his involvement in the Barry Bonds case. Conte served time in prison for his distribution of steroids and money laundering through his company, Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative(BALCO).

When asked about the current drug use in the MLB Conte said, “I would say maybe as much as half of baseball. I’m not going to name names but I’ve talked to a lot of top players in Major League Baseball, and they tell me this is what they’re doing. There is rampant use of synthetic testosterone in Major League Baseball.”

Not only that but Conte went on to claim that it is pretty easy to get away with it despite the more strict drug test that have been implemented by the MLB. Players can get rid of steroids in their system in as little as 8 hours.

So what does the MLB have to say about all of these allegations. MLB vice president Rob Manfred¬†said, “There is no way that Victor Conte would have information that would allow him to have any basis on that.” Good job MLB baseball denial is the best way to deal with this issue. Let’s all just keep pretending that this is not happening and it will just continue go away.

As I have said before I think we should all just get real. There is no way to stop players from using steroids . . .¬† obviously. So instead let’s just make everyone use them. It is the only way to level the playing field. Legalize steroids and pass them out to players. I mean we have no moral problem pumping farms animals full of them so why can’t we just legalize them in purer form? We are all already eating them anyways.

-M

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say What? Roger Clemens is Innocent

18 Jun

Former Yankee pitcher, Roger Clemens, was found not guilty Monday of lying his ass off to Congress perjury and making false statements. If you’ll remember back I posted how the trial had been pretty boring with several jurors being dismissed for napping. It got slightly more interesting when strength trainer coach Brian McNamee saved old steroid injections that he had given to Clemens in a beer can. But McNamee’s character was torn apart by his former wife. Not only that but apparently storing evident in a old beer can in a Fedex envelope doesn’t seem to stand up in court. Again really think this guy should have gone with a plastic baggie. The jury was also convinced by the testimony from catcher Charlie O’Brien who explained how Clemens real edge came from a new pitch he learned, split-fingered fastball.

I think if we can take anything away from this case it’s that the government needs to stop trying to take down baseball players. The war on baseball has cost the US tax payers, between $2-3 million dollars to prosecute Clemens. This is the second time the government has gone after baseball for doping and ended up with nothing to show for it. In 2011 Barry Bonds was the target who was eventually found guilty of obstruction of justice and sentenced to house arrest. Obstruction of justice is a nothing charge compared to perjury.

I think most baseball fans know doping is happening. It wasn’t a juice diet that turned Bonds into the incredible Hulk. And overall I don’t think fans care. Let’s stop wasting money to prove the obvious. Most players are doping. If they really want to even the fields than let’s make sure they are all on the same steroids.

-M

Most Expense Piece of Sports Memorabilia

21 May

And the prize for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever bought goes to the first jersey worn by Babe Ruth. It sold at auction for $4.4 million. The jersey is from the 1920’s. It just makes me think how the quality of clothes has really gone down hill. If you wanted to buy the whole outfit you would have needed $5 million. A Babe Ruth cap from the 1930’s sold for$537,278. That’s the most ever paid for a cap. It was previously owned by Yankee pitcher David Wells.

I often wonder if old baseball memorabilia is worth more because there were no steroids involved. I mean how much will Roger Clemens memorabilia be worth if they prove he was drugging? We already know what it means for Barry Bonds’ memorabilia.

-M

Wifey is Always Right

15 May

I haven’t covered the Roger Clemens’ perjury trial up until now because it has been super boring. If you don’t believe me than just look at the fact that already two jurors have been excused for falling asleep during the trial. Clemens is on trial for lying to Congress back in 2008 about his performance-enhancing drugs use. If he is found guilty he could face 15 to 21 months in jail. If you don’t know Clemens he is one of the greatest pitchers of all times with 7 Cy Young Awards (given to annually to the best pitcher).

The trial just became more interesting with the testimony of Clemens’ former steroid injector strength trainer coach Brian McNamee. Apparently McNamee saved the waste from the steroid injections because his wife was afraid he would become the fall guy. Literally his wife nagged him so much that he finally decided to collect the steroid waste in a beer can. He then saved the waste in a Fedex package. Now the waste is the main evidence being used against Clemens. Proving that when your wife nags you should listen because who knows when you will be part of perjury trial. Of course Clemens is claiming that McNamee was steroid pusher but he never used them.

McNamee’s testimony made it sound like him and Clemens had some kind of secret affair. He described Clemens pulling down his pants and showing his butt then McNamee’s injected him. Clemens even had McNamee inject his wife Debbie. Apparently Debbie wanted to look awesome for a 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition photo shoot with her husband.

-M