Jim- anabolic steroids have been illegal in the U.S. since around 1990. That's why Balco and Victor Conte were such a big deal- they broke the law, as Bonds did by illegally obtaining and using them. MLB and it's players obviously fall under the jurisdiction of U.S. law. There isn't and never was any special dispensation that allowed players to use steroids in baseball while there was already federal law forbidding it. In fact, Faye Vincent sent memos to the clubs and players union in 1991 reminding them that steroids were illegal:
"This memorandum sets forth Baseball's drug policy." "The possession, sale or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance by Major League players or personnel is strictly prohibited.... This prohibition applies to all illegal drugs ... including steroids or prescription drugs for which the individual in possession of the drug does not have a prescription."
The only thing that really changed was that testing was put in place in 2004 and there were provisions made for suspensions.
, you have a point there. But Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, and McGwire never had a positive test. Yes, just by looking at Bonds anyone can tell that he "did something". But then there is the issue of "designer drugs" which are, until they are discovered and listed, technically "legal". In fact, I can remember McGwire proudly "showing off" all the supplements in his locker. Yeah, it's a mess. Makes me sick, just like the first "O.J. verdict".
Yet, medicine progresses. LASIK is "legal"; what greater advantage could a hitter have than being able to buy Ted Williams' legendary 20/10 eyes?
Who knows what career numbers Kiner, Rosen, and Koufax could have put up if they had had the advantage of today's "sports medicine"? Or for that matter, imagine Ruth with a personal trainer and a Josh Hamilton "chaperone". And speaking about illegal drugs ... was or was not Ruth a conspicuous consumer of alcohol during a time when it was illegal? (BTW: why does Reggie Jackson, who I remember as being of bulging muscles, look so skinny now? Videotape must have a slimming effect).
All in all I just hate seeing Bonds and Clemens being proscuted (and persecuted) for an alleged crime which Bill Clinton actually committed on videotape! Enough.
And then there is this Braun kid. If you listen carefully to his statement there was a dark hint that he may have been a victim of anti-Semitism. If true, that would really make this Presbyterian sick.
False positives do happen. Braun's was suspiciously egregious. A 30 guage needle can easily penitrate a "triple sealed" sample undetected if one is not suspecting such. Something is "dirty" here and my hunch is that it ain't Braun. It'll all come out in the wash. In the meantime, let's PLAY BALL!
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