Baseball, Steroids, and the Arms Race of TechnologyWhy would steroids in baseball 2015 use that drug, he asked me, when it can be so easily detected? And why had so many of them been caught in quick succession? Only days later, a fourth pitcher, Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, tested positive for stanozolol, too. For me, though, two bigger questions have emerged: While no major leaguers had failed a test for stanozolol in about seven years, according to M.
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Why would players use that drug, he asked me, when it can be so easily detected? And why had so many of them been caught in quick succession? Only days later, a fourth pitcher, Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, tested positive for stanozolol, too. For me, though, two bigger questions have emerged: While no major leaguers had failed a test for stanozolol in about seven years, according to M. During the past six seasons, the number of minor leaguers caught using the drug could fill nearly five major league rosters.
The stanozolol positives accounted for one-fourth of all of M. About 80 percent were pitchers. About 70 percent were from the Dominican Republic. Halem said that 10 years ago, the rate of positives among minor league players in the Dominican Republic was about 4 or 5 percent — and that it was now below 1 percent.
To accomplish that, baseball has employed two full-time staff members focused on drug prevention and education in the Dominican. Halem said that most of the positives for stanozolol involved players in the Dominican summer league, and that most of those players were 17 to 19 years old. Pressure to succeed, independent trainers offering drugs or bad advice — all of that makes drug use very tempting for poor, young prospects, Halem said. Not to mention that stanozolol is cheap and readily available at most pharmacies in pill form.
But one popped pill can lead straight to an game suspension. The good news is that the education programs are making a difference. Positive tests for stanozolol appear to have peaked in , with Last year, there were View all New York Times newsletters. In the minors, a player caught doping might lose his standing in the eyes of major league teams after an game suspension for drug use.
But in the majors, players who test positive might bounce back from a suspension without missing a step. All served suspensions and are back on the field. Cruz leads the majors in home runs.
A decade ago at a World Anti-Doping Agency convention in Madrid , Dick Pound , the former chief of that agency, told me that athletes who dope should get at least a year ban because the use of some steroids could benefit them for that long. And unlike the effects of amphetamines or blood boosters like EPO , those benefits can remain long after a six-month or even a two-year ban. So I say ban them for life. That is why Major League Baseball has to figure out why those four pitchers took stanozolol — and where they got it from — and fast.
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