Steroid Era far from over --- Jason Grimsley fall out could be significant

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A day after the pitcher's Arizona home was raided by IRS agents seeking evidence of HGH, amphetamine and anabolic steroid use, the calls began for baseball to find a way to close the gaps in its testing program.

"MLB and the Players Association must take immediate action or face Congressional interference yet again," U.S. Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) said in a statement, raising the same threat that forced baseball into toughening its steroid policy.

At the same time, the world of Major League Baseball was abuzz regarding the mystery of which players Grimsley named to federal agents investigating the case, and whose names were covered in black ink in the search warrant affidavit. Grimsley has not been charged.

Anti-doping experts said the raid on Grimsley's home and the potential fallout for other players was a clear sign to baseball that "the steroid era" was far from over, and that players are actively seeking other ways to beat drug testing.
"It's very significant and it's good that the authorities are following up on it," said Dick Pound, the firebrand chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a frequent critic of MLB. "We may be in the early stages of this. Baseball is in such a stage of institutional denial - they say it's only steroids and clearly it's not."

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from same article...

Experts have long claimed that motivated cheats will avoid being caught, even under strenuous drug-testing programs. HGH, which is produced naturally by the body, is banned but not tested for, and players can easily take mild steroids in amounts that will not trigger a positive test, yet still enhance performance, or take difficult to detect hormonal agents. They can also hide from testers during the offseason.

MLB officials released a statement from commissioner Bud Selig yesterday saying he will not comment on Grimsley's case but urged players to cooperate with law enforcement and former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell's investigation into baseball's history of performance-enhancing drugs.

The statement also quoted MLB's senior VP for business and labor, Rob Manfred, saying, "No governing body in any sport has even been able to discipline an athlete for the use of HGH."
The only testing methods available to detect HGH require blood, and those are considered unreliable by much of the scientific community.
 
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True, True and True.

I'm just glad our government is hard at work tackling the real issues that need a tough, firm hand!!!

OMG that's funny...The worst part about it is that grimsley squealed like a little bitch and everyone knows about it. He'll have a real hard time getting a job anywhere...

BTW, this is the same guy who crawled through ceiling ducts from the locker room, to the umpire's office, to switch Albert Belle's confiscated Corked-bat with a normal bat. So he's obviously not a play-by-the-rules type, but based on that i'm shocked that he'd rat out his teammates...
 
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Its become increasingly obvious that MLB is corrupt to the core. Selig wants Grimsley to only talk to the MLB (an organization incapabable of policing itself) and for that info not to be used by the government? Baseball is so corrupt it stinks at this point, and is doing everything it can to hide the stench.
 
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Probably just wants to know what he knows about bonds. If he's got something, he'll turn him over. If he's got nothing, he gets the slap on the wrist.

Arizona's gotta pay him though. Hard to say you won't pay because he's a career cheater after turning the blind eye to the "career cheating" when you signed him. Hypocrites...Pay the guy and get it over with, they'll never win that court case...
 

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