Reports: MLB Nearing Deal On Longer Suspensions For PED Use

It's been reported that the MLBPA and owners are close to an agreement on new, harsher penalties for players who test positive for PEDs, with an announcement possibly coming this week. Now Jon Heyman gives us numbers, reporting that players would face an 80-game suspension for a first offense, and 162 games—one full… » 3/27/14 4:50pm 3/27/14 4:50pm

Olympics and PEDs: Meet the New War on Drugs, Same as the Old War on…

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The overlords of the world's anti-doping movement really want you to focus on Lance Armstrong. He's as unsympathetic a character as Barry Bonds, with his bullying, posturing and all-around ass-holery. So since they worked hand-in-glove with federal agents to expose Armstrong's doping operation, and cornered him into » 2/06/14 1:40pm 2/06/14 1:40pm

A-Rod's "Bribe" Of Tony Bosch Doesn't Look Much Like A Bribe

Among the many claims made against Alex Rodriguez in a one-sided 60 Minutes segment was that Rodriguez had attempted to pay off Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch when Bosch decided to cooperate with MLB's investigation. The CBS broadcast presented it as fact, and MLB COO Rob Manfred outright called it a bribe. Well, here's … » 1/17/14 9:16am 1/17/14 9:16am

Scott Boras Says MLB's War On PEDs Is All Backwards

Baseball came down hard on Alex Rodriguez, seeking—and achieving--stacked suspensions for each violation of the joint drug agreement. But what if MLB is going about things all wrong? Scott Boras believes that to truly quash its drug problem, baseball needs to go after the dealers, not the users. » 1/14/14 11:05am 1/14/14 11:05am

60 Minutes Presents The Case Against MLB

Not 36 hours after an arbitrator largely sided with MLB and pegged Alex Rodriguez's suspension at all of 2014, Bud Selig took a bizarre, televised victory lap. A double-length 60 Minutes segment that publicly (and for the very first time) laid out the evidence against A-Rod, featuring sit-down interviews with the… » 1/13/14 9:20am 1/13/14 9:20am

Rafael Palmeiro Was The Ideal Steroids Scapegoat

Rafael Palmeiro was going to stroll into the Hall of Fame. It's sort of unbelievable to remember this fact, as we try to gaze back over the ruptured fault line between the Steroids Era and the Steroids Recriminations Era. There wasn't really anything to argue about, back then. He was in. » 12/24/13 9:00am 12/24/13 9:00am

How A Boxer Could Use PEDs Right In The Middle Of A Fight

When someone mentions performance-enhancing drugs, what comes to mind? For me, it's an image of two 'roided out home run hitters embracing on a baseball field. But as Adrien Broner might have discovered on Saturday night, the world of PEDs—which we traditionally associate with anabolic steroids and human growth… » 12/19/13 4:25pm 12/19/13 4:25pm

MLB's Biogenesis Documents Are So, So Dirty

As more and more comes out about MLB's Biogenesis investigation, we're forced to conclude this whole thing is just an Elmore Leonard novel. After the arrest of a man accused of breaking into whistleblower Porter Fischer's car, here's where it now stands: MLB bought Biogenesis documents from a guy who got them from a… » 12/12/13 9:17am 12/12/13 9:17am

Report: Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive For Stimulants In 2006

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The New York Times has a massive story on the ugliness of Alex Rodriguez's arbitration hearing, and as you might expect, everyone comes out looking bad. Sex! Bribes! Leaks-a plenty! But your headline-ready revelation is that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, according to the Times'… » 11/04/13 5:53pm 11/04/13 5:53pm

This Gene Lets Doping Athletes Pass Pee-in-the-Cup Steroid Tests

Some people are just naturally good at cheating. That is, they're born with a gene that allows them to take steroids, but pass traditional tests—without any of the designer masking agents that many athletes have turned to. And in a lot of leagues, that's as good as a license to dope your brains out. » 8/26/13 12:11pm 8/26/13 12:11pm

What The Dumb Hysteria Over A-Rod And PEDs Is Really About

As you all know, Major League Baseball seems determined to prematurely end the career of one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. Given that the 211-game suspension provides chance both to attack the never-popular A-Rod and to join a PED witch hunt, it has the enthusiastic backing of a lot of the… » 8/19/13 2:30pm 8/19/13 2:30pm

David Ortiz Still Doesn't Know How He Failed That Drug Test

In 2003, MLB conducted survey testing to determine the extent of PED use in baseball. Among those who tested positive (though we wouldn't learn it for another six years) was David Ortiz, then in his first year with the Red Sox. Even now, Ortiz says he has no idea how he ended up on that list. » 8/07/13 10:08am 8/07/13 10:08am