Major League Baseball enjoyed almost an entire year of “PED free” news in 2008. With only the lingering case between Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee, and Barry Bonds’ retirement, the only news that was covered (scantly, mind you) was the large increase in minor league players that tested positive for performance-enhancing substances last year.
With the revelation today that Alex Rodriguez reportedly came up positive for steroids as part of MLB’s “survey test” in 2003, there is a renewed interest in PEDs and baseball.
The Biz of Baseball has an extensive library of documents on PEDs in baseball and a large sub-section dedicated to the Mitchell Report. Here are some key items in the library, as well as several articles on the topic:
1991 - Vincent Memo - Baseball's Drug Policy and Prevention Program – Dated June 17, 1991, this memo from then commissioner Fay Vincent is one of – if not the – first internal documents addressing steroids in baseball.
Interview with Fay Vincent – As part of a lengthy interview with former commissioner Vincent, he addresses the memo from 1991.
Interview with Marvin Miller – As part of a lengthy interview with the former executive director of the MLBPA, Miller addresses the BALCO investigation.
Docs - Hearings - Committee on Govt Reform - Massive archive from the 2005 Congressional hearings that saw Palmerio, Sosa, Schilling, McGwire and Canseco testify.
The Latest Joint Drug Agreement – Here is the latest drug policy agreement brokered between MLB and the MLBPA.
A Detailed Look: Drug Suspensions in MLB's Testing Era – From 2007. Looks at drug suspensions across MLB and Minor League Baseball.
Complete History of Drug Violations in MLB – A complete up-to-date listing of every player that has been suspended as part of the Major League and Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program
Blood Testing in MLB? Fehr Would "Take a Hard Look" – An article in which MLBPA Exec. Director Donald Fehr mentions the possibility of blood testing for the likes of hGH.
Photos: Brian McNamee Physical Evidence – The now infamous images of syringes reportedly used by Brian McNamee to inject Roger Clemens with PEDs.
Official List of Names in the Mitchell Report – A list of players named in the Mitchell Report.
The Mitchell Report – The complete report released by former Senator Mitchell.
Barry Lamar Bonds - Grand Jury Testimony - BALCO – Transcript of Barry Bonds’ grand jury testimony.
United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing – Legal case surrounding the seizure of 2003 “survey test” results by federal investigators.
The Fourth Amendment, the MLBPA and the BALCO Investigation – A lengthy article on Baseball Prospectus (subscription required) from January of 2007 detailing US. V Comprehensive Drug Testing and the BALCO investigation.
Report: Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive for Steroids in 2003 - Goes into US. v. Comprehensive Drug Testing and the 2003 "survey test" as it pertains to the news that Alex Rodriguez allegedly came up positive for PEDs as part of the survey test.
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