Doping in baseball

Doping in baseball has been an ongoing issue for Major League Baseball. Several players have suggested that drug use is rampant in baseball. David Wells stated that "25 to 40 percent of all Major Leaguers are juiced".[1] Jose Canseco stated on 60 Minutes and in his tell-all book Juiced that as many as 80% of players used steroids, and that he credited steroid use for his entire career.[2] Ken Caminiti revealed that he won the 1996 National League MVP award while on steroids.[3] In February 2009, after reports emerged alleging that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, a year in which he was American League MVP, he admitted to having used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) between 2001 and 2003.[4] Mark McGwire, dogged by allegations of PED use for years, admitted in January 2010 that he had used steroids and human growth hormone off and on for over a decade, including in 1998 when he set the single-season home run record.[5] After repeated use by some of the most successful professional baseball players in MLB history, these banned substances found their way to the collegiate level. At the junior college level, due to lack of funding and NCAA drug testing, the abuse of PEDs are most common but they are also an issue in Division I, II and III.

  1. ^ Associated Press (February 27, 2003). "Boomer Bombshell". SI.com.
  2. ^ Associated Press (February 14, 2005). "Canseco credits steroids for his career". NBC Sports. MSNBC.com. Archived from the original on February 13, 2005.
  3. ^ Verducci, Tom (June 3, 2002). "Totally Juiced". Sports Illustrated.
  4. ^ "A-Rod admits, regrets use of PEDs". ESPN.com. 2009-02-09. Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  5. ^ "McGwire apologizes to La Russa, Selig". ESPN.com. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-11.

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