Thursday, July 30, 2009

Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Baseball

Add two more Major League Baseball players, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, to the 2003 performance-enhancing drugs positive test list based on word from attorneys who disclosed the information anonymously ("Ortiz and Ramirez Said to Be on 2003 Doping List" - New York Times, July 30, 2009). The latest report chronicles baseball's first steroid test in 2003, where the results eventually became part of a federal investigation against the wishes of the baseball players union. Ramirez recently concluded a "50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy." Other players including Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez have been mentioned as testing positive in 2003 as well.

Review selected library titles related to performance-enhancing drugs and baseball at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a book, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library. Call the library at 281-290-3219 to check your PIN if you do not remember it. Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • baseball players drug use
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  • doping in sports
  • athletes drug use
American Icon book coverAmerican Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids America's Pastime by the New York Daily News Sports Investigative Team - Knopf, 2009.
call number: 796.357 Ame
"Relying on hundreds of on- and off-the-record interviews and access to public and private documents, this is an intricate and compelling case in which there are no heroes, but a notable villain-the League itself-whose lax approach to the issue ensures baseball's steroids era isn't over." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

Bases Loaded book coverBases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report by Kirk Radomski - Hudson Street Press, 2009.
call number: 796.357 Rad
"Radomski, a former New York Mets employee, pleaded guilty to distributing anabolic steroids to dozens of major league players between 1995 and 2005." - publisher's summary excerpt

Performance Enhancing Drugs book coverPerformance Enhancing Drugs edited by Louise Gerdes - Greenhaven Press, 2008.
call number: 362.29 Per
Includes chapters on antidoping policies, drug testing programs, and teen athlete use of performance enhancing drugs - publisher's table of contents excerpt

Vindicated book coverVindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball by Jose Canseco - Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2008.
call number: B Cansec
"He talks candidly about what the Mitchell Report did -- and didn't -- get right, why steroid use became so rampant, and how his life has changed since he tore the lid off Pandora's box." - publisher's summary excerpt

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