Showing posts with label Steroids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steroids. Show all posts

Monday, August 05, 2013

Mets News: 2B Jordany Valdespin and OF Cesar Puello Suspended for 50 Games

Mets News:

Jordany Valdespin has joined Cesar Puello as the players from the Mets organization accepting 50-game MLB suspensions as part of the Biogensis investigation.

The duo were among 12 players across baseball agreeing to the suspensions.

This could signal the end of Valdespin's tumultuous Mets career. He had been on shaky ground anyway because of repeated behavioral issues, including having a blow-up when the Mets demoted him to the minor leagues in mid-July. Valdespin had just returned Sunday with Triple-A Las Vegas from a three-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl.

The suspensions would drop the Mets' full 40-man roster to 38 players.

Their penalties should be completed this season because suspended 40-man roster players in the minors can have their big league club's September games counted toward the total. Minor league seasons end early next month.

"We have and continue to support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Testing program," the Mets said in a statement.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mets players skeptical about Ryan Braun's claims that he did not use perfomance enhancing drugs

According to the NY Daily News, deep skepticism about Ryan Braun's claims  that he did not use performance-enhancing drugs pervaded the Mets clubhouse on Friday.

"Ryan Braun is out there saying this shows he is innocent," one Met said. "Does that mean O.J. Simpson is innocent, too?"

Although disagreement between their union and league about Braun left players feeling awkward discussing the issue publicly, many in the Mets' clubhouse were uncomfortable with the N.L. MVP's successful appeal of a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

"Oh, wow," a Mets player said on Friday, after hearing of Braun's chain-of-custody explanation. "That was his defense? Now every positive test is going to be challenged. That could be a mess."

Added a third player: "What a joke."

Another Met said: "Seems like he's guilty."

When it was mentioned to another player that Braun did not have the muscled look of the prototypical steroid user, the player said, "Yeah, but looks can be deceiving. You never know from looking at guys if they are doing something."

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun Tested Positive for a performance-enhancing drug

Reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, reports Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn of ESPN. was the first to report the news (on Twitter). Braun is facing a 50-game suspension and is disputing the positive test through arbitration.

"There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program," said a spokesman for Braun in a statement. "While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated."

Braun, 28, was tested during the playoffs and notified of the positive result in late-October. Elevated levels of testosterone in Braun's system triggered the positive test, which prompted MLB to ask the testing agency to perform a second test. The second test determined that the testosterone was exogenous, meaning it was produced outside of Braun's body.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Actual MLB Labor Agreement Outlined

The actual release from MLB:


a. Five-year contract
b. December 1, 2016 termination date

  • a. Beginning no later than the 2013 Postseason, Postseason play will be expanded for the first time since 1995. A second Wild Card will be awarded to the Club in each league with the second-best overall record among Clubs that do not win a division. The two Wild Card Clubs will play a single Postseason game, the winner of which will advance to the Division Series. A decision on adding two Wild Cards for 2012 will be made no later than March 1, 2012.
  • b. The Houston Astros will move to the American League West starting in 2013, creating two leagues of 15 Clubs each.
  • c. Starting in 2013, Interleague games will be played throughout the entire schedule, rather than exclusively in specific inter-league segments.
  • d. Active Roster limits will be expanded to 26 for certain regular or split doubleheaders.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Labor Agreement has minimum salaries at $480,000

As I mentioned yesterday, Baseball's new labor contract will include blood testing for human growth hormone..

Also there will be a rise in the minimum salary to $480,000 and luxury taxes on both amateur draft signings and international free agents coming to the major leagues.

Lawyers for players and owners are working to complete a memorandum of understanding on changes to sport's collective bargaining agreement and hope to sign the deal by Tuesday.

A person familiar with the negotiations disclosed some of the agreed-upon provisions to The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.

The blood testing provision was first reported by The New York Times.

Blood testing for human growth hormone will start when players report to spring training in February, putting MLB ahead of the NFL. The NFL wanted to start HGH testing this season, following that sport's new labor contract, but the NFL Players Association has not agreed, causing some congressmen to pressure the union.

There also will be a slight increase in the total of players eligible for salary arbitration after the 2012 season, when there also will be a new method to determine compensation for clubs losing top major league free agents. There also will be modifications to the luxury tax on high-payroll teams, but the threshold will remain at $178 million next year.

The changes are the most numerous since the 1997 agreement that came nearly two years after a 7½-month strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series. The five-year deal, replacing one set to expire Dec. 11, ensures 21 consecutive years of labor peace for MLB at a time when the NBA season is being threatened by a lockout that already has wiped out a quarter of the regular season.

As part of the deal, baseball's minimum salary will go from $414,000 this year to $480,000 in 2012 and $500,000 later in the deal -- matching what the average salary was in 1989.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

MLB to begin blood testing for HGH (Steroids)

Major League Baseball’s owners and players are close to completing a new collective bargaining agreement that for the first time will include blood testing for human growth hormone, according to the NY Times. The testing will be a significant step for baseball, allowing it to move ahead of other professional sports leagues, including the N.F.L., in confronting the troublesome issue of a drug that has long evaded detection.

The bargaining agreement, which could be announced early next week, calls for blood testing to begin in February, when players report to spring training. Players who test positive will face a 50-game suspension, which will be the same as the first-time penalty for a positive steroid test.

Baseball will be the first of the major North American professional sports to do any type of blood testing for drugs among their unionized players. In 2010, baseball introduced blood testing for H.G.H. on minor league players because the step could be taken without the consent of the union.
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