November 14, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The cost of doing business in baseball's inflationary market manifested itself Tuesday in the form of a 36-year-old outfielder who was exiled last winter to Mexico. Marlon Byrd signed a $700,000 last-chance, minor-league contract with the New York Mets in February and was traded to Pittsburgh in August. He bashed 24 home runs in a 2013 resurrection. That made him attractive to the Phillies, and they acted with aggression. Now, Byrd is a $16 million asset. "There's not a lot of power out there; it's pretty simple," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
August 19, 2013 |
Our bodies naturally produce it. Physicians sometimes prescribe it. So why did Major League Baseball recently suspend 13 players for using it and the National Football League players' union tentatively agree to testing for it? Human growth hormone is the performance enhancer of the moment. On Aug. 5, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and the Phillies' Antonio Bastardo were among the players suspended for obtaining synthetic growth hormone from Biogenesis of America, a Florida clinic that shut down in December.
August 1, 2013 |
DONALD HOOTEN is in a war against steroids. His son, Taylor, played high school baseball in Plano, Texas. In 2003, he was withdrawing from steroids when he hung himself. He was 17. In 2005, Hooten appeared before congressional hearings that featured the likes of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. He told his son's story. Congress, he said, listened attentively. And then? "They did nothing," Hooten told the Daily News last night. "We find ourselves 8 years later, and MLB is now No. 1 in youth education on performance-enhancing drugs and we can't get anything out of our federal government.
April 5, 2013 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Steven Goff, the drifter handyman turned confessed killer, waited 23 years to admit killing 15-year-old Frederick "Rickey" Hart in the woods near Absegami High School, but his involvement in the death did not come as a surprise to local police. Goff, 41, known as a teenager to police for a string of burglaries and a steroid-distribution ring while a student at Absegami, was interviewed at the time of Hart's disappearance in May 1990, police sources said Wednesday.
April 4, 2013 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Steven Goff, the drifter handyman turned confessed killer, waited 23 years to admit killing 15-year-old Frederick "Rickey" Hart in the woods near Absegami High School, but his involvement in the death did not come as a surprise to local police. Goff, 41, known as a teenager to police for a string of burglaries and a steroid distribution ring while a student at Absegami, was interviewed at the time of Hart's disappearance in May 1990, police sources said Wednesday.
February 23, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mike Schmidt always comes to spring training armed with strong opinions, but the Hall of Fame third baseman did not want to get overly involved in talk about baseball's steroid era. Steroids took center stage last month when the Baseball Writers Association of America did not vote to induct any of the players on the Hall of Fame ballot. "I sort of ride the fence on that whole steroid era issue," Schmidt said. "I don't have a definite opinion like some of my fellow Hall of Famers.
February 15, 2013 |
ORLANDO MAGIC forward Hedo Turkoglu was suspended 20 games by the NBA on Wednesday after testing positive for steroids. The NBA said Turkoglu tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. He began serving the suspension Wednesday night when the Magic lost to the visiting Atlanta Hawks, 108-76. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Jameer Nelson and Andrew Nicholson scored 10 points each for the Magic. Turkoglu said he took medication from a trainer in Turkey this past summer to help him recover from a shoulder injury and mistakenly neglected to check it against the league's list of banned substances.
February 12, 2013 |
IF THE EXCERPTS are any indication, Mike Piazza's memoir, "Long Shot," could be a hit. In snippets published Sunday by the New York Times , the former major league catcher gives insight into a number of issues concerning his career. On rumors that he is gay, Piazza - who is married to former Playboy Playmate Alicia Rickter - writes, "If I was gay, I'd be gay all the way. " Piazza denies he used steroids, writing, "It shouldn't be assumed that every big hitter of the generation used steroids.
January 30, 2013 |
RAVENS LINEBACKER Ray Lewis was probably prepared to talk about of lot of things at Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day. But, deer-antler spray probably wasn't one of them. Lewis was asked about a Sports Illustrated report that claimed a company supplied him with deer-antler velvet extract, which contains IGF-1, a performance-enhancing substance banned by the NFL. Mitch Ross, owner of Sports with Alternative to Steroids (SWATS), told SI that Lewis wanted the product to help speed his recovery from a torn right triceps he suffered in October.
January 29, 2013 |
A former Philadelphia police officer, who pleaded guilty to distributing anabolic steroids, was sentenced today to six months in prison. Joseph McIntyre, 38, bought the drugs from a fellow police officer, Keith Gidelson, for his personal use and to distribute to others, prosecutors said. An indictment charged Gidelson with operating a nationwide steroid supply operation. Gidelson was convicted on possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids and conspiracy counts and on Jan. 9 received four years in prison.