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ALEX RODRIGUEZ, ROBINSON CANO, CURTIS GRANDERSON, RYAN BRAUN TO BE SUSPENDED FOR FAILING PED TEST THIS SEASON

STORY HERE.

Terrible day for baseball if this proves true.  He did call Melky last year.  And Melky was very close to Cano in NY.  Granderson is the only one that truly shocks me.

(Vin’s Note: We shall see if Dave’s sources pan out….)

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by | March 4, 2013 · 6:23 PM

The PED Scandal in Baseball No One Wants to Talk About

The Backyard Baseball Banned Substance Scandal: A DotP Exclusive

Backyard Baseball is/was a beloved institution among cartoon sports enthusiasts.  Now the world must deal with the shocking revelation that many of the players were enhancing their performance with illegal substances.  After a lengthy investigation and the cooperation of a handful of sources, DotP has learned a large number of Backyard Athletes boosted their performance using everything from something called ‘Juice,’ to doctored baseballs, to drugging the other team, causing them to think the ball is dancing around laughing at them.

The allegations are widespread and shocking.

May I remind you that Backyard Baseball really hit it’s groove in 2001.  That game is one of the finest of all time, up there with NBA Jam and Tecmo Bowl.  But there is a dark, dark history there that no one wants to see the light.  Here’s a sampling of some of the MLB players featured in that game:

Jose Canseco.  Juan Gonzalez. Alex Rodriguez. Jason Giambi. Ivan Rodriguez. Barry Bonds. Sammy Sosa. Mark McGwire.  And Marty Cordova.

As you can see, all but one of those guys is filthy with drug use, implicated every which way from Sunday (One of these guys is Marty Cordova.  I don’t think he’s a former steroid user, it’s more just funny that the Twins were so boring in the early 2000’s that their representative was Marty Cordova.).  My sources are reporting this interaction resulted in a slew of the Backyard Baseball gang succumbing to the allure of performance enhancing drugs.  Forced to compete with the aforementioned ‘roided up MLBers, it is no wonder many players resorted to PEDs – but it is also no excuse. What follows is the list of players we can confirm as cheaters in the Backyard League and their documented rule-breaking:

Kiesha Phillips

Ms. Phillips leads the list due to her recent admission that she was, in fact, too old to be playing in the Backyard League at the time.  Documentation further proves Phillips regularly consumed a cocktail of drugs meant to mask PEDs.  Receipts have been shown that Phillips had a standing monthly order for large, large doses of Human Growth Hormone supplements, a fact that is obvious in hindsight due to the fact that she was double the size of any other Backyard athlete.

Kenny Kawaguchi

In one of the most shocking revelations of the Backyard report, Kawaguchi was cited as utilizing a wide variety of performance enhancing substances.  A hero to millions, Kawaguchi served as an inspiration for his play despite a disability.  Evidence now points to Kawaguchi using a variety of blood thinning agents, bull extract, the now-infamous ‘deer-antler spray,’ and amphetimines to maintain his solid play and remarkable upper body strength.

Ronny Dobbs

A solid player before 2001, Dobbs saw a tremendous spike in power production following that season.  He is repeatedly found in documents linked to shocking amounts of testosterone supplements as well as anabolic steroids such as Boldenone, a horse steroid.  While his power surged, evidence of the steroid’s side effects can be seen (well, heard) in Dobbs’ extreme high-pitched voice and disproportionate head size.

Tony Delvecchio

In another shocking turn, seeming everyman Tony Delvecchio is named in the report for using a wide variety of stimulants to aid his workout routine.  The report further suggests that Delvecchio tested positive for an exceedingly high rate of the amusingly named Bromantane as well as Pentylenetetrazol, both workout stimulants.  Known for his strong throwing arm, Delvecchio appears to have taken a variety of substances to maintain and bolster his arm strength.  Documents also insinuate that Delvecchio’s famous lollipop was, in fact, a hybrid stimulant for in-game use.

Luanne Lui

Ms. Lui repeatedly shows up in listings for orders of amphetamine blends and for masking agents for the drug Amiphenazole.  The more concerning aspects of her drug use, however, stem from documentation that she regularly consumed enormous amounts of MDMA prior to games.  The combination of stimulants and MDMA undoubtedly gave Lui her loopy disposition, but also allowed her to run incredibly fast for extended periods of time due to the fact that she rarely felt connected to the ground.  DEA officials have confiscated her teddy bear as it is still unclear whether or not the stuffed animal was in any way distributing any or all of these drugs to Ms. Lui in-game.

Mikey Thomas

Thomas tested positive for elevated levels of Ephedrine and Androstanediol in 2003 but had suspension overturned when he won an appeal.  Claiming a mishandled sample, Thomas alleges his elevated levels were due to a cold medicine he was taking at the time.  While this story has held for some time, as Thomas continued to be a boogery mess, these new reports point to Mr. Thomas using cold medicine as a cover for routine widespread juicing.

Ernie Steele

Steele is listed as taking a schedule of Human Growth Hormone, Fluvestrant, and Zeranol regularly starting in 2000.  These drugs have been tied to bone growth, and inside sources report they may have contributed to Steele’s intensely bizarre long limbs, as well as his girlish physique and vocal patterns.

Pete Wheeler

In what is likely the least surprising aspect of these reports, Pete Wheeler is said to have routinely failed drug tests for Cannibus, starting his first year in the league.  However, due to his All-Star status, the league regularly swept these failures under the rug.  Between 1997 and 2009, it is said Wheeler failed no fewer than 30 tests.  However, as one source said to me, “he maintained an incredibly high level of play, despite what seems like staggering, rap-posse-esque marijuana usage.  Also, the kid rarely seemed to know what sport he was playing, so I’d imagine the fans have suspected for some time and simply didn’t care.”

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Ashley & Sidney Webber

The Webber sisters, since retiring from the game, have gained some notoriety for their hard-partying ways and inclusion on the short lived Celebrity Twinz reality series.  While they report has them linked to heavy mood enhancers and several stimulants (including Fenbutrazate, a psychostimulant used as an appetite suppressant), sources also report the Webbers would routinely spike opponents coolers with everything from low-grade LSD to bath salts, often to horrific effect (recall the under-grounder incident of 2006). The Webber sisters have recently been linked to a cocaine ring in their home town, separate from this PED report.

The Masterminds: Dmitri Petrovich & Jorge Garcia

Behind every scheme, there are the ultimate schemers – someone pulling the strings.  In this case, the Backyard Sports World lay at the mercy of two black market drug kingpins.  The Backyard Athletes behind a rampant drug culture throughout the league were intelligent, seemingly mild-mannered gentlemen.  Both with bookish, shy exteriors, Petrovich and Garcia masked a devious and dangerous system, weaving its way throughout the league.  It appears Jorge ran the business and distribution side, while Dmitri was the brains behind the science of the drugs – often experimenting with new ‘drug cocktails,’ emboldened by the success of such substances in other leagues.

Due to lagging testing policy in the BBL for many years, the duo appears to have operated unchecked since 2002, supplying clients across not only the BBL, but other Backyard sports leagues as well.  Our sources assure us this is the tip of the iceberg, and that the culture in Backyard Sports was one of drugs, lies, and deceit.

Neither a superstar in the league, the pair seemed content to lay in the shadows, bit players in a game of their own making.  Both declined to comment for this expose.  Commisioner Clanky plans to release a statement sometime next week.  An official within the Backyard League informed me, “We have no comment at this time.  The league is conducting an investigation into these allegations and will be open and forthcoming in the days to come.”

It should be noted that Superstar Pablo Sanchez, long suspected of PED usage, has not been found to have any connection to Petrovich and/or Garcia.

This story is still developing, and I urge any reader with further evidence to come forward.  The silence in the face of such cheating has tainted a beloved game for long enough.

We apologize for any childhoods that have been ruined.

-W

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Ken Caminiti’s Goody Bag – From FanGraphs Baseball

Ken Caminiti’s Goody Bag | FanGraphs Baseball.

Ken Caminiti’s Goody Bag | FanGraphs Baseball

A great read and an unsettling look back on just how long the steroid issue has affected and shaped the game.  Jack Moore’s piece is recommended reading as is the original story he links to (from USA today, crica 1997).  Really good stuff in there.  Certainly this, coupled with allegations against the likes of A-Rod, has drastically re-shaped my childhood memories of the sport.  How about you?

 

-v

 


Ken Caminiti’s Goody Bag | FanGraphs Baseball.

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Calm Before the Storm

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Barry Larkin, Hall of Famer.  And good for him, honestly.  It’s easy to forget just how good he was (though he was always a superstar in Backyard Baseball, obviously).  Did you know he has a higher WAR (70.4) than HOF-er Luis Aparicio (63.6)?  Than Pee Wee Reese (69.7)?  How about higher than Roberto Alomar (68.0) and Ryne Sandberg (62.6)?  My point being, Mr. Larkin (who is a pretty darn good analyst, too, in my opinion) certainly deserves his spot among these peers.  He is a member of the 30-30 club (1996, a ridiculous year), had a career OPS of .815 (and that’s low due to his waning years), and trailed only Cal Ripken Jr. (883) and Jay Bell (735) at shortstop between 1990 and 2000 with 680 RBI.  In that time he also led in SB (280), was 4th in HR (148), and second behind Jeter with an OBP of .388.  Did I mention he was a leader of those teams and from Cincinnati?  How cool is that?  Barry Larkin was a precursor to the ‘new wave’ of shortstops, hitting for power, stealing bases, and playing great defense.  I remember being surprised, but impressed when I would read his baseball cards.  I remember playing with him in Backyard Baseball.  I remember him looking incredibly, impossibly smooth when he played.  He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

So why was I so troubled when I found out he was the only one going in this year?

I couldn’t immediately put my finger on the sense of unease as I read about the vote and the Hall of Fame in general.  Then it hit me as I began thinking back to my card-collecting days, sorting out all the ‘superstars’ and putting them in 3×3 protective sheets in protective binders (still in my closet).  So I pulled out the binders and leafed through the pages.  The source of my skepticism became immediately clear – there they were page after page, in all the binders, tainted superstars.  Barry Bonds.  Mark McGwire.  Sammy Sosa.  Even my favorite players like Jeff Bagwell and Nomar Garciaparra.  They all now exist under the cloud of steroid scrutiny.  Some deserve it, some do not, and all are subject to the widespread judgments.  But Larkin in no way falls under that same blanket, let me make myself clear.  No, my concern grew out of the realization that all these players I grew up rooting for (and against), collecting, respecting, idolizing were under an entirely different microscope than any other era.

I have more of this specific card than I can count. I lied. It's 8. I have 8.

On the surface, most baseball fans would have no problem with this.  Despite the fury dying down, people are still very frustrated by the whole ‘steroid era’ and feel the players have gotten a relative free pass.  Understood.  But the longer I thought about Larkin and the others in my Binders, the more complicated my thoughts on the Hall of Fame became.  I arrived at a simple, direct and likely controversial conclusion: since when did these bozos with the votes get the right to invoke some ‘morality clause?’

It’s total B.S.

Did you know the Chicago White Sox threw the 1919 World Series?  Of course you did.  Did you know their owner, Charles Comiskey, was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1939?  Though I have not seen a report (Mitchell or otherwise) linking Comiskey to the actually fixing of games, historians agree he was ruthless and a bit of a jerk, which may have contributed to the players’ desire to make an extra buck.  Speculation and even history aside, isn’t the mere implication he knew anything enough to hold him back from election?  Don’t we dismiss others for far less than such a supposed connection?

Or how about the late Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, Ty Cobb, and former Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, all falling on the spectrum of notable racists (before you start, Kuhn proposed and constructed a separate wing of the Hall of Fame to put the Negro League players in…).  All are in the Hall.  Yawkey, by all accounts, was a popular owner for a time.  He was, by many of the same accounts, an enormous racist and had to be convinced to integrate the Sox in the 70’s.  Cobb was one of the greatest players of all time.  He was also one of the most despised.  Sharpening his spikes, spitting racial epithets, and being an overall poor human being.

The list could go on and on of players who skirted rules and behaved immorally.  Baseball players are not supposed to be moral beings, they’re supposed to be playing a game.  I realize that morality and rule breaking are different arguments, but when it comes to the Hall of Fame, where is the line?  What is the ‘morality clause’ and where did it come from?  I suppose I understand the argument that if a player cheated and was caught, they deserve to be punished.  But at what cost?  Do we banish Bonds and Clemens at the expense of innocent players?  Let’s not forget, too, that technically, at the turn of the millennium (where most of the questions lie), the steroids in question were NOT banned.  It was undeniably cheating.  I see a distinction between the two.  Clearly I’m in the minority.  If we let scumbags in, drug addicts and womanizers, why are we casting such a shadow on a whole era of players?  I’ll give you Brett Boone.  I won’t argue for him.  But are we really prepared to keep Jeff Bagwell out just because he played in a tainted era?  How about Jim Thome?  This Steroid/Hall-of-Fame issue is not going away and not being addressed properly.  With the first really controversial class (2013) looming, a decision needs to be made.  If you keep out some, you must keep out all.  There can be no picking and choosing, no sliding scale of guilt.  Are we willing to let the Pedro Gomezs, the Joel Shermans, the WOODY PAIGES cast their judgments on players who have not been found guilty of anything other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Sports is a bunch of man-children gathering together for extended periods of time facing constant scrutiny from amateurs. And yet we expect them all to behave, all the time.

Congratulations, Barry Larkin.  You deserve your election, the historic jump in percentage vote.  You also mark calm before a storm.  The coming years are only going to intensify the steroid issue.  Be happy for Mr. Larkin.  Be wary of the votes ahead, fans.  It’s gonna get ugly.  Like Marge Schott ugly.

-w

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WHAT IS GOING ON?!

There is little to be said about this video other than it is completely absurd. Welcome to the internet.

But like this video, the past few days of sports have been alarming- kind of. The NBA appears to be fixed? A baseball superstar took designer PED’s? My mock shock levels are at an all time high!

The NBA issue first; it is the worst kept secret in all of sports that the NBA is fixed worse than the WWE. Think about it: for years, nay, DECADES, the masses have griped and questioned the integrity of the officiating. Then an official gets caught betting on games. And for some reason (David Stern’s brainwashing machine?) we think this one poor guy, Donaghy, is the only official getting a little something on the side?!?  Am I that cynical or are we all that naive?  Donaghy deserves everything he gets not because he was the black sheep of the sport but because he was dumb enough to get caught when it would seem dozens of others have been running the same scam for years.

Which brings me to this Chris Paul trade debacle.  The NBA lockout was bad enough.  There is not enough space on the internet and airwaves to properly broadcast every fans’ grievances against a broken and stupid league.  Both sides come off as equally greedy, stubborn, clueless and wrong.  But someone realized – ‘crap, if we don’t have games on Christmas, we’re blowing a HUGE payday, and I love money more than sex!’  – or something of the like, it would seem.  The NBA’s new deal came together quickly and allegedly fixed all woes.  This was obviously a lie.  David Stern cited ‘the best interest of the league’ in his czar-like vetoing of the trade.  Please, if someone would, explain to me how it is in the best interest of the league, a league, may I remind you, that just locked out for 150 days over the disparity between small and big market teams (at least partially), for the commissioner to force a team to keep a player who wants out, will become a free agent, leave for a bigger market, and yield nothing in return for the small-market Hornets.

Go ahead… I’ll wait.

OY GEVALT!

It doesn’t make sense.  Stern can claim other small-market owners voiced concern, but I call bull.  Paul is 99.99999% guaranteed to leave for New York, an LA team, or some other big-time market after the season.  He wants out.  How is it in the best interest of the Hornets to keep him, lose him and get nothing?  The deal would have landed them Kevin Martin, a stellar player, though obviously not Chris Paul, Luis Scola, a legitimate forward, and Lamar Odom-Kardashian, as solid a bench player as they come.  And a first round pick!  Wouldn’t those pieces have helped the Hornets going forward?  Didn’t Stern just dissolve any illusion that Hornets’ “General Manager” Dell Demps (in quotations because he’s a GM like I’m a writer, apparently) has any real power?  Here Demps thinks he has masterminded just about as good a deal as a GM can muster when a superstar clearly wants to go and the commissioner comes along and stuffs him in a locker, metaphorically, obviously.  Stern couldn’t take Demps, no sir-ee-bob.

This whole business stinks to me.  Something is dirty in the NBA, something is not as it seems.

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And now, for the continue-to-break-my-heart-baseball department…

this is just about the saddest picture google could find quickly. I do not know this poor, sad girl, but I imagine we are both distraught over the allegations.

 

Honestly, this bombshell couldn’t have come at a worse time.  Baseball was a a-buzz with the Marlins spending like drunken frat bros in a strip club, Pujols flippin’ Saint Louis the bird, and the Three Stooges-esque hijinks of the Red Sox (mis)management.  People were engaged and talking about the 2012 season with genuine interest.

Sigh.  This steroid crap again.

We had pushed it to the back of our minds.  We had convinced ourselves that this new crop of players had been subjected to legitimate and strict testing.  We thought this time was different.  But like a cheating significant other, we were wrong to trust.  And it’s not even important if the allegations of cheating stick (see the double meaning of ‘cheat’ there? Boy am I clever)- it’s the seed of doubt they planted.  Even if a perfectly reasonable explanation comes forward some genetic thing, an overdose of PowerBars, tainted meat in a 5-dollar footlong – we will always be stuck with that terrible and persistent devil, doubt.  Ryan Braun is forever tainted, whether he is truly guilty or not, because we as fans somewhere deep down know that basketball is not alone in shady dealings.  The suspicion of conspiracy will always live on, even if his name is cleared.  And if he’s dirty, and the reigning MVP has to serve a 50-game suspension for steroids?  Bad news.  It’s never just one.  Cheating is infectious.  If he can get away with it, so can I.  The chips will fall, and the goodwill baseball has built up by trying to bring back it’s ‘clean’ sport will go back to square one.

The NBA situation frustrates me.  I have little patience for dishonesty in general and even less when the liars have the gall to treat me like an idiot as they lie.  The Braun allegations truly unsettle me.  Maybe I was foolish and wanted to believe.  I should have known better.  It’s no different than business, because sports IS a business.  We saw all the banks fall and Wall Street crumble in a web of lying and greed.  With so much on the line, people do what they think they have to as a means to get ahead. Why should sports be any different?  In both isolated worlds, with enough resources you basically control everything.  So when the wall comes down, should we really be so shocked that those in charge abused that singular power? That people cut corners? That many are cutthroat, to get ahead?

There will be no “occupy the commissioner’s office” movement.  These issues, as they always are, will be pushed back in our minds and overwhelmed, as they should be, by larger, world-altering problems like Donald Trump and American Idol.  We will force ourselves to forget, then we will get burned again.

Maybe I’m wrong, and the cold weather is making me dreary, maybe I’m over-stating, but these situations got me thinking not just about sports, but about large businesses in general- just because these select few control so much and have a certain amount of wealth and power (Commissioners, Owners, Congressmen, Brokers all of them), why do we assume they will behave justly?  Most people do not.  And when these select few do not, it affects a much larger scale.

 

-w

 

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Jose Canseco and the Steroid Era

The Godfather of Steroids

An individual’s identity is in a fluid state.  Initially shaped by one’s upbringing and culture, self-perception usually falls in line with others’ opinions of one self.  Whether it is in a home, school, or state, the values of one’s surroundings imprint themselves on its inhabitants.  What about the individual who must cross these boundaries?  As the world has become more globalized, national identities have given way to transnational identities.  These new identities are not just a hybrid of multiple countries’ values, but are new and unique.

The transition from one culture to another can be taxing on an individual.  Being viewed as a foreigner leaves one feeling marginalized.  These marginal men are most often the ones who feel a need to adjust.  A successful adjustment can quickly snowball into a revolution.  Such was the case for baseball in the final decades of the 20th century.  One particular transnational man ushered in and became the epitome of a new era in the game.  Jose Canseco, the self-proclaimed “Godfather of Steroids”, used steroids to forge a new identity for himself.  This identity later spread throughout baseball like a plague.  The Steroid Era had arrived.

Although he defected from Cuba with his family at a very young age, Jose Canseco always felt like an outcast after his arrival in Florida.  He even acknowledges his insecurities, saying “They always depicted me as the outsider, the outlaw, the villain.  I was never ushered into that special club of all-American sports stars…After all, I was dark” (6).  In order to deal with the pressure of being of Cuban heritage in the United State’s national pastime, Canseco had to excel.  He did just that.  After being drafted out of Coral Park High School in the 15th round of the 1982 MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics, Canseco rushed through the minor leagues (3).  His prodigious power awarded him with the 1985 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award (3).  The success continued in the majors as he was named the 1986 American League’s Rookie of the Year and unanimous AL MVP in 1988 (3).  Along with his bash buddy, Mark McGwire, Canseco launched mammoth home run shots as one of the “Bash Brothers” (3).  After his career came to an end in 2001, the six-time All Star and four-time Silver Slugger had racked up 462 home runs, making him the all-time leader in home runs among Latino players at the time (3).  The marginal man had made a name for himself. Who, or what, was to credit?

As if the pressure of being a foreigner was not enough, Jose Canseco Sr. constantly harassed his 5’11” 155lb teenage son every time he struck out, yelling such things as “You’re going to grow up and work at Burger King or McDonald’s! You’ll never add up to anything!” (2).  Canseco’s high school friend, referred to as “Al”, presented him with one solution to the fear of failure, steroids (2).  Originally distilled in laboratories from the testicles of bulls for men with low testosterone levels, steroids exploded into the world of sports after Russian weightlifters learned of their effects (12).  Now it was Jose’s turn to be the ambassador of steroids.

After making a name for himself with his new power, Canseco fell in love with the substance.  “Injecting was a near-religious experience…‘I needed steroids and growth hormone just to live’” (6).  During an interview with 60 Minutes, Canseco glorified the edge that he credits for making him a major league-caliber player (2).  He has no shame when he discusses his love for the drug, stating “I truly believe, because I’ve experimented with it for so many years, that it can make an average athlete a super athlete.  It can make a super athlete incredible. Just legendary” (2).  After telling CBS’s Mike Wallace “The national pastime is juiced”, Canseco claims to have even convinced the octogenarian host of the benefits of steroids (2). Canseco says that Wallace talked to him off camera for over an hour and that he “answered every question, and I did it gladly.  Everyone is interested in living longer and living better” (5).  Unfortunately, those words were especially true when it came to baseball.

In his 2005 book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, Canseco claims that up to 85% of major league players took steroids (3).  He specifically singles out some of his former teammates, including Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Ivan Rodriguez, and Juan Gonzalez as steroid users (3).  The wave of steroid use could not be contained.  As players got bigger and home run totals climbed, many players felt the need to join the movement.  In Game of Shadows, Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada talk about the impact players such as Canseco had on Barry Bonds.  Watching Mark McGwire shatter Roger Maris’s home run record in 1998, “Barry Bonds was astounded and aggrieved by the outpouring of hero worship for McGwire, a hitter whom he regarded as obviously inferior to himself…(Bonds) had been around enough gyms to recognize that McGwire was a juicer” (8).  What started as one man’s insecurities had transformed into a national craze, leaving many angry, or envious, players watching.

Steroids provided much more than just bloated players and broken records.  After the 1994 strike, fan attendance dropped by about 25 percent in the 1995 season (1).  Since one of the main sources of revenue for teams is ticket sales, “owners saw the need to take radical steps to win (fans) back…thanks in part to steroids, baseball got its own ‘Sports Center’ moment in the 1990’s, the rock ‘em, sock ‘em home run” (1).  Fans turned a blind eye to the tell-tale signs of steroid use.  At first it was Canseco, then Sosa and McGwire (and finally Barry Bonds) who mesmerized fans with their steroid-enhanced moonshots.  The power surge was welcomed by everyone after the bitter 1994 season.  The power slugger’s hero role was clearly established by the time Nike coined “chicks dig the long ball” (8).

The revitalization of baseball came at a precious cost.  First, it was the universal increase in injuries.  “Between 1998 and 2001, the number of days that players spent on the disabled list increased by 20 percent” (10).  The injuries these power hitters experienced could be hampering, but it was not until the Godfather decided to open his mouth that steroids truly crippled player’s careers.

Jose Canseco is now considered the poster boy for steroids in baseball.  He has not only admitted to steroid use, but has remained in the public eye solely because of his attempts to shed light on the shadows of the Steroid Era.  His 2005 book Juiced drew criticism from both fans and players.  Even his former manager Tony La Russa was a skeptic, saying “First of all, I think he’s in dire straits and needs money. I think secondly…I think there’s a healthy case of envy and jealousy” (2).  Some of the statements in Juiced are truly outlandish and deserve such criticism.   Canseco implies that he is the savior of baseball. “People like to credit Cal Ripken for helping save baseball or maybe Mac and Sammy for the great home run chase of 1998.  Well, you already know about the steroids I gave Mac, without which he would have been lucky to hit 25 bombs a year, but I also helped keep Cal’s streak alive” (4).  Canseco’s role in an age that revitalized the sport may have been significant, but he was no savior. He was an informant.

It is fitting that the man who made his career possible with the help of steroids is the same man calling out his fellow users.  As former players like Palmeiro, McGwire, and Sosa are ridiculed and then torn down in front of national audiences, Jose Canseco loves the spot light of being infamous.  Some reporters view that investigation into the use of steroids in baseball will “expose…dissect…humiliate” while others refer to players of the Steroid Era as “a Chernobyl generation that still glows with toxicity” (9, 11).  The man that proudly glows the brightest is the Godfather.

As the list of known former users grows, most recently with superstars Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and David Ortiz, players and spectators are reminded of the ugly, recent past of baseball.  Commissioner Bud Selig has tried to spin every confession of steroid use as an example of how the game is being cleaned up.  After McGwire confirmed everyone’s suspicions this January, Selig stated “The so-called steroid era, a reference that is resented by the many players who played in that era and never touched the substances, is clearly a thing of the past, and Mark’s admission today is another step in the right direction” (7).  The new generation of stars seems to agree with the commissioner’s statements.  Philadelphia Phillies’ All-Star second baseman Chase Utley explains “I think I’m in a different position, because I came up in an era where there was testing.  It’s not allowed and if you get caught, you’re in trouble…So guys who come up at similar times that I came up in, it’s not even relevant.  It’s not even part of our game” (7).

Pressured by a demanding father and prejudice society, Jose Canseco used steroids to catapult him to stardom.  His success caught the attention of many of his peers.  Canseco has become the personification one of the most exciting and tainted eras in sports history.  Steroids may have revitalized the game, but at the cost of total loss of respect for the majority of players of the period.  As the public looks at the game with a raised eyebrow, players and other men involved with the sport try to ease the skepticism.  Commissioner Selig’s claims that the game is now clean are far-fetched, but the words of Chase Utley may be more truthful than many doubters believe.  It will be interesting to see what the future has in store.  As the game looks to overcome the stigma of the slugging 1990s, recent MVPs Dustin Pedroia and Joe Mauer will emerge as the face of the new generation.  Hopefully, a clean and honest generation.

Works Cited

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THE MAN NEEDS A ROIDS TEST HE LOOKS LIKE SLABS OF MEAT

DO THE BLOOD TEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DO ITTTTTTTTT NOWWWWWWWWWW

just one of many arod postings

he cant stick it

-will

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