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Evolution Of The Policy Of Steroids In Baseball

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Summary:
The debate on the use of steroids in baseball was going on since the mid
1990s. However, the MLB – Major League Baseball had no official policy on
the use of <a href=http://www.isteroids.com/>steroids in baseball</a>
before 2002. The stage of the new steroid policy in baseball was set when
several cases of steroid use in baseball started becoming public.


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steroids in baseball


Article Body:
The debate on the use of steroids in baseball was going on since the mid
1990s. However, the MLB – Major League Baseball had no official policy on
the use of <a href=http://www.isteroids.com/>steroids in baseball</a>
before 2002. The stage of the new steroid policy in baseball was set when
several cases of steroid use in baseball started becoming public.
David Wells stated that "25 to 40 percent of all Major Leaguers are
juiced". Jose Canseco stated on 60 Minutes and in his book Juiced that as
many as 85% of players werr using steroids in baseball, and he credited
steroid use for his entire career. Ken Caminiti revealed that he won the
1996 NL MVP award while on steroids. Caminiti also did reveal the health
consequences he suffered as a result of his steroid use, telling Sports
Illustrated that "his testicles shrank and retracted; doctors found his
body had virtually stopped producing its own testosterone and that his
level of the hormone had fallen to 20% of normal."
On February 17, 2003, Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler
collapsed and died on the practice field at spring training of heat
stroke. The medical examiner ruled that the over-the-counter drug Ephedra
played a significant role in Bechler's death.
Such stories of steroids in baseball shocked the world of baseball. The
baseball players and owners agreed to hold survey on steroid testing in
2003. It was decided that if more than 5% of results from the anonymous
tests came out positive, formal testing and penalties on the users of
steroids in baseball would be introduced next year (2004).
The outcome was that 5% to 7% of test results were positive, which
cleared the way for the new policy of <a
href=http://www.isteroids.com/>steroids in baseball</a> in 2004. The
draft of the policy was fabricated in 2004. The draft articulated that
each player was to be tested once a year in season. Treatment was
recommended after first positive test results, a 15-day suspension for a
second positive, and up to a year suspension for a fifth positive.
Former major league pitcher Tom House spoke to the San Francisco
Chronicle in 2005, admitting to steroid use during his playing career and
claiming that use of steroids was already widespread in baseball by the
time he started his professional career in the late 1960s.
The new policy on the use of steroids in baseball was accepted in 2005.
According to the new policy, there will be one unannounced mandatory test
of each player during the season, there will be random testing during the
offseason, and there will be testing of randomly selected players, with
no maximum number. The banned substances include steroids, steroid
precursors, designer steroids, masking agents and diuretics. The
penalties for a positive result are, first positive, 10 days; second, 30
days; third, 60 days; fourth, one year, and all without pay.

The BALCO scandal just let the cat out of bag in 2005. The nutrition
center BALCO was accused of distributing steroids to many star players,
most notably Bonds. Many top players, such as Rafael Palmeiro, McGwire,
Sosa, Canseco, and Curt Schilling were summoned on March 17, 2005 to
testify in front of Congress. As the result of the Scandal, the players
such as Ryan Franklin and others were handed suspensions as short as ten
days, and pnalities were slapped on many players. However, Congressional
panel demanded/has been demanding the tough penalties for the users of
steroids in baseball.


				
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