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Old 08-15-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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That players think that they can still get away with PEDs use, and that they are getting caught, tells us that there must be some sort of high tech chemical warfare going on out there between the drug designers and the detection test designers.

When Manny Ramirez was caught the final time, it wasn't steroids or human growth hormones which were found in his system, it was some drug designed to mask steroid use when his blood was tested. That means the detectors had anticipated players trying to fool the test in that particular way, and that escape avenue was now closed.

So, why would Melkey think that he would be able to fool the tests? Did his supplier provide him with some drug which was promoted as both steroid masking and undetectable by any test? And is the fact that while he has been performing way over career norms all year, but was not caught until July, mean that he passed all of his earlier tests this season? If so, how did he do it?

Further, considering that his highest season OPS before last year in KC was .752, and he posted an .809 figure there, does this suggest that his drug use began in 2011? If so, how did he pass the tests last season?

Finally, if Melkey was able to fool the testers until this July having played 3 to 9 months on PEDs, how well policed may we truly consider MLB to be? Who else may be fooling the testers? Ryan Braun?
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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I was a bit surprised to read his statement. You just don't see too many players just admitting it and taking their punishment. And no that doesn't absolve him of what he did, but at the very least he seems to be taking responsibility for what he did.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Melkless Giants lose
Dodgers win.

Dodgers lead the NL West
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:43 PM
 
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Not long after I posted my questions and speculations about how Melkey was getting away with clean tests earlier this year, ComCast Sports devoted a segment to that subject. The guest was Balco Labs founder Victor Conte. Having served his time for his conviction for steroid distribution, Conte now is working as one of those "use a thief to catch a thief" consultants on how to clean up sports and catch the miscreants.

According to Conte, testerone levels can become elevated by a number of causes unrelated to drugs, and consequently MLB has allows up to 3.25 times normal levels before a player is beyond acceptable limits. Above 3.25 and it is assumed that artificial testerone has been introduced. So Melkey would have been nabbed for having levels above the cut off line.

Conte went on to say that a player getting caught with this is a sign of gross stupidity on the part of the player. Detection may be avoided by using a patch or a cream to absorb testerone to levels well above what is allowed, but eight to ten hours after use, levels are back down to below the 3.25 times normal. Conte said that steroid distributors always advise their clients to use immediately after a game since no surprise test could take place before he arrives at the park for the next day's game. Only a really dumb player would get caught.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:19 AM
 
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I think the reason it took so long to catch him is the fact that the average player is still only tested maybe 2-3 times a season, which means a player can get by for most of the season unscathed.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:30 AM
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Baseball needs a drug policy like NASCAR has, one strike your out.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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Baseball needs a drug policy like NASCAR has, one strike your out.
That doesn't sound like baseball
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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Rejected Melky Cabrera Headlines | NotGraphs Baseball
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Your Favorite Rejected Melky Headline (Or Add Your Own)
Waiter, I Ordered Melk, Not Juice!
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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And, more seriously


BALCO founder Victor Conte says Melky Cabrera's positive testosterone test not surprising, many more dopers are flying under radar - NY Daily News
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When Melky Cabrera first tested positive for testosterone in late July, he became the second baseball star whose sample would be sent to the Laboratoire de Controle du Dopage in Montreal for a more sophisticated test called a carbon isotope ratio test (CIR), also known as IRMS, that would identify the presence of synthetic testosterone in his urine.
PED and PED testing is big business
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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Too bad for Melkey that Ryan Braun already exhausted the chain of custody escape route to get away with his testosterone use. Having screwed the pooch with Braun, MLB of course has tightened up the custody process so that it can no longer be disputed.

I wonder what is going on in the minds of those folks who were dressing up as the Melkmen. They spent four months in dedicated idolatry only to have Toto pull back the curtain and reveal the man behind the wizard.

I am imagining that those people had friends, co workers or family members who made fun of them or told them that they thought the whole business was a stupid waste of time, and now they are getting bombarded with "Told you so."
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