A bit more on HCG

I emailed FOTB Anthony Roberts, author of “Beyond Steroids”, regular contributor to Muscle Evolution magazine and fellow blogger. He had this to say:

My thoughts are simply that the continued failure of MLB (and indeed all sports) to eradicate banned performance enhancing drugs through testing protocols and Mitchell Reports (and the like) warrants severe inquiry into an alternative means of insuring a level playing field.

Anthony was also used as an expert source in a Lance Williams article on the subject published today (remember, Lance Williams was the co-author of “Game Of Shadows”):

Many female fertility drugs are used to increase testosterone in men,” said Anthony Roberts, author of “Beyond Steroids,” a user’s guide to performance-enhancing drugs. “HCG is incredibly common.”

Roberts says steroid users often take HCG both during and after a steroid cycle. It’s injected under the skin, much in the way human growth hormone is administered.

The drug is available over the counter in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, he said, and can also be purchased in the United States from online pharmacies.

Anyone think Manny did this stuff on the innocent? He wasn’t taking it to regulate his ovulation cycles. Continue reading A bit more on HCG

Even Peter Abraham Admits A-Rod Book Is False

Peter Abraham is going through the Selana Roberts book right now. His reaction: Because Roberts broke the story in February about Rodriguez having tested positive for steroids use, I wrongly assumed the book would include other revelations. Instead it’s page after page of “one teammate” suggesting Rodriguez did something wrong. Or “a player” insinuating that he did something else. “Friends” of Rodriguez paint him in unflattering terms. In her postscript, Roberts acknowledges the use of 19 anonymous sources. But no explanation is given as to why these sources needed anonymity. It’s also unclear whether the 19 sources were used equally Continue reading Even Peter Abraham Admits A-Rod Book Is False

A-Rod’s Return is Perfectly Timed

This offseason could not have been any worse for Alex Rodriguez, as the publication of the Joe Torre memoir, steroid allegations emerging from the Selena Roberts book, and a torn labrum in his hip caused him to get crucified by the media and Yankee fans.  While A-Rod has been out and recovering from hip surgery, his team has struggled in his absence.  A litany of injuries, slow starts by the big-ticket free agent signees, and a mediocre bullpen have put the Yankees under .500 for the season, and they are currently on a losing streak. With the team struggling, and Continue reading A-Rod’s Return is Perfectly Timed

Recap: Yanks Fall To Rays Again As Mo Gives It Up

What Happened In what seems to be a recurring theme for this team, the Yankees fell behind twice, clawed back on the strength of Johnny Damon’s bat, and then blew the game due to their bullpen. This time, Andy Pettitte allowed 5 runs in 6 innings, and Jose Veras allowed a run in 2 innings of work. Damon had a two run double and a two run homer, the second coming with two outs in the 8th to tie the game at 6. Mariano Rivera entered the game for the 9th and gave up back to back home runs to Continue reading Recap: Yanks Fall To Rays Again As Mo Gives It Up

What’s up with Mo?

Mo’s start to this season has been pretty brutal. After a brilliant Spring Training, Mo has thrown 11.1 innings this season and allowed 15 hits, with 4 of them being home runs. I’d like to assign some blame for the HRs being the new stadium, but the other two happened in Detroit and Fenway. We all know his velocity is down a few ticks and he’s coming off shoulder surgery. Is this one of his annual blips on the radar, or at 39 years old the beginning of the end? John over at Pinstripe Alley has a piece up, discussing Continue reading What’s up with Mo?

Another One Down? Molina May Hit DL

Really, we can’t catch a break this season. I wasn’t watching the game tonight due to a combination of my exile in New England (only 2 weeks left) and Star Trek, but Peter Abraham posted: Jose Molina (left quad) appears headed for the DL based on what Joe Girardi said tonight. Unless Brian Cashman can make an overnight trade, Kevin Cash and Chris Stewart are the catchers at Triple-A Scranton. I would think one of them will be summoned. A 40-man roster move will have to be made. That could be Angel Berroa. I still think that P.J. is the Continue reading Another One Down? Molina May Hit DL

Minors Recap, 5/7

Scranton defeats Indianapolis, 7-2 (7 innings) Casey Fossum, recently signed to fill a hole in the rotation, pitched well in his Yankee debut.  In 5 innings, Fossum allowed a run on 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 2. Anthony Claggett gave up a run on 2 hits in 2 innings. Todd Linden was 2 for 4 with a double.  He’s hitting .352 on the season, and one begins to wonder if he would be more of an asset to the big-league roster than Brett (1-dimensional) Gardner. John Rodriguez was 1 for 2 with a walk. Juan Miranda was Continue reading Minors Recap, 5/7

Many Manny thoughts

{Pardon my delay in getting this out, but work was nuts and I am only now (9pm) getting to unwind —jnr}

Like most of you, when I first heard the Manny news, I was stunned. I have been saying that no name would surprise me, but I guess I was surprised nonetheless. Not surprised that he was using something, something which reportedly is used to mask/help recover from using other, more serious things….but more surprised that he was dumb enough to get caught. I’m disappointed, just as I said I’d be.

I think the whole “Manny being Manny” schtick is/was cute and fun, but ask any Yanks fan and we all feared when this guy strolled to the plate. From everything I have heard and read, he took his craft very seriously. Which makes this positive test that much more surprising.

I heard (via MLB on XM) many well informed voices (doctors and such) elaborate on what Manny was caught taking: the female fertility drug human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. According to one doctor interviewed, this is no Viagra-like performance enhancer, as one ‘source close to Ramirez’ claims. Sorry. If you need that sorta help, you’re not taking hCG; you’re taking one of the many choices available to men these days. Don’t BS us. We’re better and smarter than that.

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