Last summer, scouts from half a dozen Major League Baseball organizations traveled to Bani, a city on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, to see a group of teenage boys work out. The only difference was that a convicted child molester had organized it. When officials at MLB first heard that Enrique Soto was back to training kids, they were understandably alarmed. He was convicted in of raping two teenaged brothers at his baseball academy and sentenced to 10 years in prison. When the league investigated, it was told that as part of a work-release program, Soto had resumed the job that brought him riches and fame on the island of 10 million that produces a disproportionate amount of major league players.
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The report climaxed a month probe by former U. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who was hired by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to examine the use of performance-boosting drugs during the so-called "steroids era," which began in the mids and was marked by record-shattering performances by many players. It was not clear if the report would result in any penalties or suspensions, the Associated Press reported. Clemens was one of the most prominent names in the report. Anabolic-androgenic steroids are man-made substances that help build muscle tissue and increase body mass by acting like the body's natural male hormone, testosterone.
The use of steroids in the MLB became a very serious problem at this point and thanks to the proliferation of PEDs in the sport everyone that did well was under close scrutiny for a long time. My only advice to you is this, grow up. The likelihood that Pujols was taken behind closed doors and given the green light to use whatever steroids he saw fit is a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. Pujols was ascending so rapidly that the MLB wanted him to their poster boy, the epitome of what it meant to be an MLB player and the best that the sport had to offer. Not only is it highly illegal and give an athlete a serious advantage over others, but it can severely damage the athlete as well.
If your teen is older or playing sports, you may be concerned about the possibility of steroid use. Although the use of performance-enhancing drugs is a valid concern, rates of steroid use in teens is considerably low when compared with other illicit drugs. Here are some of the interesting statistics of anabolic steroid drug abuse by teens. The current scope of teen anabolic steroid use shows continued stability in the numbers since the start of the s. According to the Monitoring the Future Study since , the numbers have remained stable or shown a slight decline in teen use of anabolic steroids except for 12th grade.