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CBD Editorial: College Baseball has a Drug Problem

ArodField.jpgThe big news started coming out yesterday with MLB announcing a 65 game suspension for Ryan Braun for his involvement in the Biogensis case that involves Anthony Bosch. The connections continue to go back to college baseball as Braun was a member of the Miami (FL) baseball team which has heavy involvement with the Biogensis clinic. The former strength and conditioning coach for the Miami baseball team Jimmy Goins is all over the documents as receiving banned substances from the clinic.

A quick search through former Miami players that have been suspended for PED’s shows a severe problem with former Canes being suspended. In November of 2012, Yasmani Grandal got a 50 game suspension for violating the MLB drug policy. Multiple reports stated that the violation was for having an elevated level of testosterone. Grandal’s name also has come up in the Biogensis report as one of the clients.

Grandal and Braun aren’t the only two players to have tested positive with connections to the Miami program as Yoder Alonso is mentioned in the Biogensis report as a client also.

Even when we go outside of the Biogensis report, the PED’s don’t stop. Miami (FL) second baseman Frankie Ratcliff was arrested in the fall of 2010 for selling marijuana and having 19 vials of HGH. He never returned to the diamond for the Canes but played this past season with the Houston Cougars.

The University of Miami has not commented about the connections to all these PED use but it should be noted that their stadium is named after one of the most well known PED users in Alex Rodriguez.

The drug issues don’t stop in South Florida as there are many other cases throughout the country.

Are we supposed to believe that former Duke pitcher Marcus Stroman learned how to use PED’s in the minor leagues? He was selected in the June 2012 draft and was promptly suspended in August of 2012 for the stimulant methylhexaneamine.

I spoke with a couple of college coaches after the Jonathan Gray failed drug test for Adderall and they each proceeded to tell me that “everyone does it.” Guess what, that is the type of attitude that allows this drugs into their sport. It starts at the top of the school at needs to stop if you want to get your game clean.

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