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Old 08-01-05, 12:15 PM
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Rafael Palmiero tests positive for steroids

Major League Baseball is expected to announce within the hour that Raphael Palmiero has tested positive for steroids...

source: WFAN
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Old 08-01-05, 12:19 PM
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As was posted in the MLB thread, WEEI in Boston called Balitmore Sun writer Peter Schmuck, who informed them that while he cannot say that it is Palmeiro, a "major star" for the Orioles will be sanctioned today by MLB for testing positive for steroids.
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Old 08-01-05, 12:22 PM
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Wow, just wow.

And the writer's name is Schmuck? Teehee.
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Old 08-01-05, 12:23 PM
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Palmeiro suspended for drug policy violation

By Hal Bodley, USA TODAY

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, who testified before Congress on March 17 that he'd never used steroids, was suspended by Commissioner Bud Selig on Monday for 10 games for violating baseball's drug policy. (Related video: Palmeiro testifies before Congress)

Rafael Palmeiro is one of four players to amass 3,000 career hits and 500 career home runs.

The announcement was made prior to the Orioles 12:35 p.m. ET game at Camden Yards against the Chicago White Sox.

Palmeiro, whose 567 career home runs and 3,018 hits make him a leading candidate for the Hall of Fame five years after he retires, immediately appealed the disciplinary action.

Palmeiro, who passed 3,000 hits this season, is the seventh major leaguer suspended under baseball's new drug program that became effective in March. He by far has the highest profile of any of the previous players disciplined.

Palmeiro during the highly publicized March 17 hearing on steroids conducted by the House of Representatives Government Reform Committee said, under oath, he'd never used steroids even though former Texas Rangers teammate Jose Canseco said otherwise in his book, Juiced.

Palmeiro's statement: "Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. My name is Rafael Palmeiro and I am a professional baseball player. I'll be brief in my remarks today. Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never. The reference to me in Mr. Canseco's book is absolutely false. I am against the use of steroids. I don't think athletes should use steroids and I don't think our kids should use them. That point of view is one, unfortunately, that is not shared by our former colleague, Jose Canseco. Mr. Canseco is an unashamed advocate for increased steroid use by all athletes."

Palmeiro, 40, signed a one-year contract with the Orioles for 2004 that paid him $4.15 million. The Orioles exercised an option for 2005 at $3 million.

Unless reversed, the suspension will cost Palmeiro $165,746.

In 103 games this season Palmeiro is batting .280, with 18 homers and 59 runs batted in. Palmeiro had one hit in the Orioles' 9-4 loss to the White Sox in Sunday night's nationally televised game.

When he collected his 3,000th hit on July 15 off Seattle's Joel Pineiro, Palmeiro joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players in baseball history with at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.

Saturday, during a press conference in Cooperstown, N.Y., new members Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg both said Palmiero should and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseb...spension_x.htm
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Somebody get twikoff a tissue for his tears.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseb...spension_x.htm


Raffy has more to worry about than a 10-game suspension. One word: perjury.
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Old 08-01-05, 12:27 PM
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Can't say I'm shocked.
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Yep. I guess canseco isn't such a liar, at least with some of the athletes.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Somebody get twikoff a tissue for his tears.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseb...spension_x.htm


Raffy has more to worry about than a 10-game suspension. One word: perjury.
I'm not at all surprised. I've said since day one that he's not a hall of fame player. I hate being right all the time.
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Old 08-01-05, 12:30 PM
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Jeez, just yesterday I was watching a career montage of him on This Week in Baseball and they showed him go from skinny Cub to bloated Ranger. His face looked awful, and back to a healthier looking weight.

Viagara - not the only thing making him bigger.
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Old 08-01-05, 12:32 PM
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Why to go Jose, who else did he name in his book that denied using it.
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Well if roids shrink your genitals, I guess this explains why he needed Viagra.
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Old 08-01-05, 12:45 PM
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Raffy has more to worry about than a 10-game suspension. One word: perjury.
I don't think he'll have to worry about that too much. Testing positive now doesn't prove that he was using steroids all along, even if it's almost certain he was.
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Old 08-01-05, 12:47 PM
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Well, damn.
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Old 08-01-05, 12:54 PM
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Buster Olney says that an MLB official has confirmed to him that this is, in fact, a steroid violation.
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In remarks prepared for a conference call Monday, Palmeiro said he had accepted his punishment and could not explain how the steroids got into his body.

"I have never intentionally used steroids. Never. Ever. Period," he said. "Ultimately, although I never intentionally put a banned substance into my body, the independent arbitrator ruled that I had to be suspended under the terms of the program."

A grievance filed by the players' union against the suspension was denied.
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...drugs_palmeiro

I think him saying he doesn't know how "steroids got in his body" is crap. After what Giambi and Bonds went through with "the cream" and "the clear" I would be DAMN sure I knew what I was taking just to be safe unless he knows he couldn't play without them, and he kept taking them in hopes he would not get caught, but if he did, deal with it best he could, break the record, retire at the end of the year and finish his career.. but the "I don't know how they got into my body" is crap in my opinion.

I wonder how long ago he was tested. He could have been using them into spring training, was tested a week or two after the season began, tested 2 or 3 weeks later and it took this long to get suspended? I don't know how long steroids "stay in the body" or would result in a positive test but either way, when he said he never used them is obviously not true..
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I don't think he'll have to worry about that too much. Testing positive now doesn't prove that he was using steroids all along, even if it's almost certain he was.

I wouldn't put it past government to pursue such a case despite this point.
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Like I said 3 days ago. The Orioles season is over.
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what a freaking disgrace.... there goes his hall of fame chances
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Please O please O please don't test Giambi.
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I wouldn't put it past government to pursue such a case despite this point.
Neither do I. This could become very interesting.
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Does anyone know if they post players that have tested "negative"?
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To paraphrase Raffy, "I WAS SET UP!!!"
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You may be right about the perjury. Horrible news for baseball, in any case.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
To paraphrase Raffy, "I WAS SET UP!!!"
He needs to play in DC instead. "The bitch set me up!"
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Anyone think Sosa will forget how to speak English for a while?

Wonder if Canseco will get another interview soon as well. Didn't Raffy threaten to take him to court, or was that Pudge? Boone should just admit it now and retire before the Twins release him.
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