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Are 50 Percent Of Major League Baseball Players Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs Right Now?

Submitted by on August 16, 2013 – 10:12 amOne Comment
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Even though Major League Baseball has threatened to suspend players for at least 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs, it hasn’t stopped them from using them anyway. Look no further than the recent suspensions that MLB handed out to more than a dozen players, including Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and Nelson Cruz, for proof of that. MLB is super serious right now when they say that they don’t want PEDs in the game of baseball anymore. But is there drug-testing system inept? Are they losing the battle against PEDs? And is there anything they can do to get 100 percent of players to stop using them?

Victor Conte doesn’t think so. If you’re not familiar with Conte, he is the founder of BALCO, a company that provided illegal PEDs to dozens of players across a range of different sports a few years back. And even though he’s gotten out of the business of giving illegal supplements to pro athletes—at least, that’s what he claims—Conte appeared on Jim Rome’s show earlier this week and revealed that MLB has not rid the game of baseball of PEDs. Rather, he suggests that about 50 percent of MLB players are still using PEDs at some point during the calendar year. And most of them wait to use PEDs until the offseason, when there’s a much lower chance of them getting caught. Just watch Conte’s interview below:

Kind of crazy, right? MLB seems to be doing all it can to rid the game of PEDs. And yet, Conte doesn’t think that they’re doing a good job. He thinks that there are still plenty of MLB players out there using PEDs undetected. And if his estimate turns out to be even close to true, MLB could be in a lot of trouble right now. Because while we know that there will always be MLB players who turn to illegal supplements to try and gain an advantage on the field, there’s a difference between a few players going rogue and using PEDs and half of the league using them. So we hope that MLB continues to fight PED use and continues to talk to guys like Victor Conte who can help show them what they’re doing wrong. Otherwise, they very well could be fighting a losing battle.

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