September 29, 2020

Baseball and Steroids Social Network

Slate has a neat interactive steroid social network of baseball players in the MLB who have used anabolic steroids, growth hormone and/or other performance enhancing drugs and how the players they are connected with each other.

Sen. George Mitchell’s 409-page report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball describes a thriving underground market for steroids and human growth hormone. What began with just a few players and trainers expanded into a network of dozens, if not hundreds, of professional athletes. That network grew year by year as the players referred their friends and teammates.

Below, we present the findings of the Mitchell report as a social network. [Read more…]

Therapeutic Use Exemptions for Anabolic Steroids in Baseball

Major League Baseball has allowed some baseball players to use anabolic steroids as “androgen deficiency medication” treatment according to testimony at the congressional hearing entitled “The Mitchell Report: The Illegal Use of Steroids in Major League Baseball.” In 2006, three players were permitted to use “androgen deficiency medications” under the therapeutic use exemption.  In 2007, only two players were permitted to use anabolic steroids to treat this condition. Therapeutic use exemptions for amphetamines and related “ADD/ADHD medications” jumped from 28 in 2006 to 103 in 2007.

Misconception that Anabolic Steroids "Enhance Looks, Strength and Speed"

I regularly read the coverage of the Signature Pharmacy steroid distribution investigation by journalist Brendan Lyons of the Albany Times Union. This is primarily because he seems to have the best access to information related to the investigation since it is an Albany-based investigation initiated by District Attorney David Soares. However, articles are not very well-balanced and regularly include baffling statements such as this (emphasis added):

While Congress is preparing to focus on baseball players alleged to have taken the drugs, medical experts are warning that steroids and human growth hormone are being illegally prescribed nationwide at an alarming rate under the misconception they will aid healing, enhance looks, strength and speed, or slow aging. [Read more…]

"Got Milk?" Steroids in Baseball Parody

The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), better known as the producers of the “Got Milk?” campaigns, has decided to re-release two of the five “Got Milk?” spoofs of the steroids in baseball scandal. This was timed to take advantage of the heightened media coverage and public awareness resulting from the recent allegations of steroid use by MLB baseball players in the Mitchell Report. [Read more…]

Mitchell Report's Ignorance of Steroid Use in Professional Baseball

The Mitchell Report reveals the general ignorance about steroid use by Major League Baseball players and many other athletes in competitive sports. I would hope that the investment of millions of dollars into steroid use in MLB would result in a basic understanding of the various steroids used by baseball players and the quantities involved.

But apparently this was not within the scope of their investigation. Instead, investigators relied on a survey of bodybuilders and weightlifters to document and determine the manner, methods, and quantities of anabolic steroids used by professional baseball players and presumably all competitive athletes.  [Read more…]