Found March 01, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
In the wake of the Ryan Braun steroid decision, performance-enhancing drugs have been a hot topic of late. I sat down with former Major Leaguer Frank Tepedino to discuss the topic. Tepedino’s career spanned parts of eight seasons from 1967-1975. He played for the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves. Though he was never a Met, I felt like what he had to say was relevant for our site. During that time, performance-enhancing drugs were not part of the game. Talent and hard work alone were the sole determinants of a player’s success on the field. However, as steroids became popular in the game around the mid-1990s, the level playing field changed greatly. Super-human athletes were taking the game by storm, which certainly put fans in the seats, but also compromised the integrity of the game. Tepedino addressed the issue of whether he would have used steroids if they were available. “You can’t answer that question until you’re in that situation and you look at right a...

Braun should have quit while ahead

Turns out, The Collector has a name. And a reputation. And a story. The PR battle Ryan Braun lamented is raging anew. For this, he has himself to blame. I dont know if Braun knowingly used the synthetic testosterone that showed up in his October urine test. But he is guilty of a blatant refusal to quit while he was ahead. In the news conference that followed his successful appeal...

Reaction to Braun case is symptomatic of a larger problem

Now that Ryan Braun has had his 50 game suspension overturned, we’re all left to wonder what exactly happened, why this information leaked in the first place (something I think is going egregiously overlooked), and how MLB will amend their process so that this doesn’t happen again in the future.  Additionally, we’re subjected to tired, knee-jerk “analysis” such as “Braun...

Collector in Ryan Braun Steroid Case Denies Wrongdoing, Says He Followed Protocol

During Ryan Braun's news conference last Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder made a number of insinuations about the integrity of the MLB's sample collecting process and the specific collector who took his positive test sample. On Tuesday, a man revealing himself to be the collector of Braun's test, Dino Laurenzi Jr., sent an email to ESPN The Magazine to state his...

Braun Sample Taker Fires Back

((HT: Milwaukee))The gentleman's name is Dino Laurenzi...And he isn't going to take being accused of a felony lightly...At his welcome back press conference, Milwaukee Brewers reigning Emm-Vee-Pee Ryan Braun basically intimated that Laurenzi was the one who tampered with both of Braun's samples to give the "false positive."On both... With exactly...

Minor Leaguer avoids mishandling of his urine sample and gets suspended

Career Minor League Baseball player and free agent, Justin Dowdy, has been handed down a 50 game  suspension from Major League Baseball by refusing to participate in a drug test. The suspension will take place as soon as Dowdy signs with a team.  He has been in the minors for the last decade, as a member of 8 different organizations, most recently with the San Francisco Giants...

Ryan Braun has 59% approval rating in Wisconsin, poll says; 34% still undecided

After the fallout from the overturning of his 50-game drug suspension, Ryan Braun looks like he might end up saving face. Well, in Wisconsin, at least. According to a recent poll of Wisconsin voters, 59% said they still have a favorable opinion of the Brewers’ reigning NL MVP. But, interestingly, 34% of those polled said they still weren’t sure how they feel about Braun. The...

Collector in Braun case says he followed rules

A man identifying himself as the collector who took Ryan Braun's urine samples last fall said he followed the same protocol with the Brewers slugger as he had with hundreds of previous samples.

Collector of Braun's sample refutes allegations

Five days after Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun won his appeal of a 50-game suspension by blaming a faulty collection process, the collector of Braun's sample responded with a three-page statement.
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