New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodridguez is facing a ban that could sit him on the sidelines until 2015. The slugger, who has often been tied to (but not convicted of) the use of performance enhancing drugs, has vowed to appeal the suspension, handed down yesterday by Major League Baseball. While he awaits his appeal hearing, Rodriguez, who is baseball's highest played player, suited up and took the field for the Yankees last night. On today's Vox Pop, Alan Chartock welcome's the Times Union's Pete Iorizzo to discuss baseball's latest crisis.
For the first half of today's panel, Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Joe Donahue are joined by James Ketterer - Director of International Academic Initiatives & Senior Fellow at Bard College and just returned from 2-years in Egypt to discuss Egypt.
For the second half of the show, Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of Commissioner of Major League Baseball talks about the current and on-going steroid scandals in the sport.
Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein is pressing to ban the performance enhancing supplement DMAA, also know n as Jack 3D in New York, saying it causes dangerous conditions like rapid heart beat, a spike in blood pressure, and in some cases, death from stroke or heart attack.
In the wake of Lance Armstrong’s mea culpa that he took performance enhancing drugs – and the recent Baseball Hall of Fame vote (where NOBODY got in) – we ask you: Does it matter to you if athletes use performance enhancing drugs?
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 8:35 am
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Major League Baseball has enacted new anti-doping policies that are being described as unprecedented in American professional sports. Yesterday, Major League Baseball and its Players Union said that starting next year they will be fighting the use of human growth hormone and testosterone - two allegedly popular banned substances.
NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman has been covering this story. Tom, good morning.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:47 am
Major League Baseball will expand its effort to fight performance enhancing drugs to include random blood tests for human growth hormone and other substances during the regular season, under the terms of an agreement with the players union that was first reported by
Roger Clemens' chief accuser is expected to testify against the former pitcher. It will be a make-or-break moment for the prosecution as it seeks to convict Clemens of perjury.
Brian McNamee, Clemens' former strength coach, takes the stand Monday as the trial moves into its fifth week. McNamee says he injected the seven-time Cy Young Award winner with steroids and human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
Clemens is accused of lying to Congress when he denied using those drugs.