Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon became the second MLB Bay Area star to fail a drug test. Following San Francisco Giants’ superstar Melky Cabrera, Colon also faces a 50-game suspension for the failed test.
“The Oakland Athletics are disappointed to learn of today’s suspension of pitcher Bartolo ColÃ³n,” the team said in a public statement. “The organization fully supports Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the Basic Agreement, the A’s will have no further comment.”
Colon had 10 wins this season with a 3.43 ERA.
While the steroid scandal and senate hearings made people distrust the stars from that era of baseball, these latest failed tests make it look like the problem is still running rampant. Victor Conte, the BALCO president who was in the center of the steroid trials, claimed this week that “as much as 50 percent” of all MLB players use performance enhancing drugs.
He also said it is easy to cover it up because most players use a testosterone cream that becomes undetectable after about eight hours.
If there are even a percentage of those players taking the drugs, does it mean fans can’t trust the current stars of baseball either? The question still arises asking whether the drugs used increase performance. Cabrera wasn’t a big home run hitter and his numbers were about hand-eye coordination above all else. Colon is the same. While the drugs help avoid injuries and keep players at peak performance, do they actually increase stats?
With Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon facing suspensions due to the failed tests, is Conte right about how many players in baseball that use performance enhancing drugs? Does it even matter?
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