While just three players reached the home run mark in any season between and , many sluggers would start to surpass that number in the mids. In , Mark McGwire of the Oakland Athletics led the majors with 52 home runs despite missing part of the season. Midway through the season, McGwire was traded to the St.
Louis Cardinals. The move set the stage for a memorable season when he and Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs battled for the National League home run title, during a year in which 13 different major leaguers hit at least 40 home runs.
Late in the season, it seemed inevitable that both Sosa and McGwire would break Maris' year-old record, and it was just a matter of who would get there first. In a series in early September against Sosa and the Cubs, McGwire hit his 61st and 62nd home runs of the season to surpass Maris' number. By the final week of the season, Sosa had battled back to draw even with McGwire at 65 home runs. McGwire went on to finish with five home runs in his team's final series to reach 70 for the season.
Sosa finished second in the NL in home runs with 66, 26 more than his previous season high. The home run onslaught captured the attention of the country and helped to reclaim popularity for the league four years after a strike had shortened the season. Androstenedione was not illegal at that time in Major League Baseball, however, which had yet to institute a testing program for many substances. McGwire's record stood for only three years, as Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit 73 home runs to top the majors in Bonds notched 73 homers despite failing to reach the home run plateau in any prior season.
He also hit his th career home run that season, and reached the HR mark just a season later. The home run heroics of the and seasons were called into question as McGwire, Sosa and Bonds were among a group of major leaguers linked to the use of PEDs in the following years. The home run club remains one of baseball's most prestigious groups, though the increased offensive totals of the s and s have taken some luster off membership.
In , Eddie Murray became the 15th member of the home run club, and the first since Mike Schmidt in But it wouldn't be long until Murray had company. Between and , 10 more players reached career home runs, easily the largest increase in membership in baseball history.
Bonds testified that he took substances described to him as linseed oil and rubbing balm by his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who was among the individuals indicted in the case. But since neither Giambi nor Bonds had tested positive by the league -- and since the players' testimonies were not reported publicly until a year or more after their grand jury appearances -- no punitive action was taken by Major League Baseball. While none of the players were charged with using PEDs, the BALCO case was one factor in spurring baseball to toughen its stance and institute a drug-testing program.
In , Bonds was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice relating to his statements to the grand jury. He would plead not guilty on five counts, and appeals related to the case delayed the start of the trial until During the course of the trial, one of the counts was dropped. However, four still went to jury deliberations.
The jury was deadlocked on three of the counts, but found Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to 30 days house arrest, two years probation and hours community service. The sentence has been stayed pending appeal. George Mitchell to head a panel to investigate steroids use by major league players. The league announcement indicated the investigation would focus on the period beginning with when the collective bargaining agreement was signed , but that Mitchell -- who also served as a director of the Boston Red Sox -- would be free to explore anything or any time that was relevant to understanding the problem of steroids in baseball.
During the next 20 months, Mitchell's team interviewed hundreds of people. Mitchell warned league owners that a lack of cooperation with his investigation would increase the chances of government involvement in the matter. He left it up to individuals whether to talk with the investigators, and most refused to cooperate. He concluded that the use of these illegal substances posed a serious threat to the integrity of the game and made 20 recommendations to strengthen the MLB drug policy, including an independent overseer, greater education and increased testing.
Though his report was inhibited by limited cooperation and the absence of subpoena power, Mitchell claimed that there was a "collective failure" to recognize the problem early on and criticized both the commissioner's office and the players' union for knowingly tolerating PEDs. The report's findings were based on testimony from former players, league and club representatives and other informants, along with more than , pages of seized documents.
Mitchell recommended that rather than disciplining the players listed in the report, the league should set up a stronger testing program. Selig praised Mitchell's work, yet noted that he would review each player's case and could be inclined to discipline them. Selig added that he intended to implement as many of Mitchell's recommendations as possible that did not need to be collectively bargained with the players' union. Fehr maintained that the investigation was not a fair one, but he did report that the union would be willing to explore the possibility of adjusting testing procedures before the agreement expired in While steroids had been part of baseball's banned substance list since , testing for major league players did not begin until , when MLB conducted surveys to help gauge the extent of performance-enhancing drug PED use in the game.
The agreement with the league players' union MLBPA called for one random test per player per year, with no punishments that first year. If more than 5 percent of players tested positive in , tougher testing would be implemented with penalties ranging from counseling for a first offense, to a max one-year suspension for a fifth violation.
If less than 2. In November , the league revealed that 5 to 7 percent of 1, tests returned positive results. The tests began during spring training and were conducted anonymously on members of each club's man roster. Subsequently, of the same players were tested again without notice at some point during the regular season. With the results announced, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement that he was pleased to learn that there was not widespread steroids use in baseball.
He did add, however, that since the 5 percent threshold had been reached, mandatory testing for steroids use would begin in the spring of All major league players would be subject to two tests without prior notice during the season -- an initial test, and a follow-up test five to seven days later.
The drug testing program was administered by a Health Policy and Advisory Committee that included representatives for both the players' association and MLB. Under terms of the drug policy in the collective bargaining agreement, all anabolic steroids deemed illegal by the U. Food and Drug Administration were subject to testing. According to MLB's policy, any player testing positive would immediately enter a "clinical track" to be treated for steroids use.
If a player under treatment then failed another test, was convicted or pled guilty to the sale and or use of a prohibited substance, that player would immediately be moved to the "administrative track" and be subject to discipline. After a U. Senate committee in advised Selig that his policy on drugs and steroids was not strong enough, the league and its players' union announced a new policy in January The new drug-testing agreement called for year-round testing of banned substances, and suspensions ranging from 10 days for a first offense to the commissioner's discretion for a fifth offense.
According to the changes, a player who tested positive for the first time would be suspended for 10 days and his name would be released to the public. A day suspension without pay would be handed out for a second positive test, with 60 days given for a third offense and a one-year suspension for the fourth. Alex Sanchez of Tampa Bay was the first player suspended for steroids under the new testing program. In all, 12 major leaguers were suspended in , with each receiving game suspensions. Early in the season, Selig proposed even stricter changes to the policy, and in November of that year MLB and the MLBPA agreed on a game ban for a first offense, games for a second offense and a lifetime ban for a player testing positive a third time.
Following recommendations made by U. Third baseman Mike Schmidt , an active player from —, admitted to Murray Chass in that he had used amphetamines "a couple [of] times". Relief pitcher Goose Gossage , active from —, also admitted to using amphetamines during his playing career, in a interview with Ken Davidoff.
During the Pittsburgh drug trials in , several players testified about the use of amphetamines in baseball. Shortstop Dale Berra admitted that he had used "greenies" while playing for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the AAA Portland Beavers , and stated that while in Pittsburgh between and he had been supplied with the drugs by teammates Bill Madlock and Willie Stargell.
Steroids finally made it to baseball's banned substance list in , however testing for major league players did not begin until the season. In , Jose Canseco released a tell-all book, Juiced , about his experience with steroids in his career. The book caused great controversy, and most of these players claimed Canseco's implications to be false, though McGwire and Giambi later admitted to using PEDs, and Palmeiro has tested positive.
In , Canseco released another book, Vindicated , about his frustrations in the aftermath of the publishing of Juiced. In it, he discusses his belief that Alex Rodriguez also used steroids. The claim was proven true with Rodriguez's admission in , just after his name was leaked as being on the list of players who tested positive for banned substances in Major League Baseball. In July , Alex Rodriguez was again under investigation for using banned substances provided by Biogenesis of America.
In January , Mark McGwire admitted to using steroids throughout his professional baseball career. These claims were publicly disputed by McGwire's steroid supplier, who stated that he did, in fact, use steroids to gain a competitive edge.
His most famous accomplishment took place in the season when he broke the single season home run record previously held by Roger Maris. It was after this accomplishment that McGwire and other MLB players came under scrutiny for use of steroids. A news reporter stumbled upon an open container of androstenedione in McGwire's locker in August of the '98 season.
Baseball has attempted to toughen its drug policy, beginning a plan of random tests to players. Players such as Ryan Franklin and others were handed suspensions as short as ten days. However, a Congressional panel continued to argue that the penalties were not tough enough, and took action.
During the session, Canseco admitted his steroid use which he claims was perfectly acceptable during the s and early s. Palmeiro denied all steroid use during his career,  while McGwire refused to discuss the issue, contending that he would be considered guilty no matter what he said. His repeated statement "I'm not here to talk about the past,"  became the most highlighted moment of the proceedings.
Palmeiro, who was listed in Canseco's book as a user along with McGwire, denied Canseco's claims and told Congress that those claims were absolutely erroneous. The committee had stated that baseball had failed to confront the problems of performance-enhancing drugs. The committee was disturbed by the accepted use of steroids by athletes because it created a bad persona of players who in many cases are role models to many of the aspiring youth.
During the testimonies the players called to Congress offered their condolences for youthful athletes who had committed suicide after using performance-enhancing drugs. Five months after the Congressional hearing, information came out indicating Palmeiro had already tested positive for steroids and knew it when he spoke before Congress.
He appealed but the test results and ensuing suspension were upheld. Mark McGwire, whose credentials could arguably satisfy expectations for first ballot Hall of Fame election, was denied election in his first year, with many voters citing McGwire's perceived refusal to speak at the Congressional Investigation. As a result of pressure from Congress, baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association started applying stricter regulations and applied a zero tolerance policy in correspondence to performance-enhancing drugs.
On August 1, , Palmeiro tested positive for performing enhancing substances and was suspended ten days. Palmeiro's career quickly plummeted as he was granted free agency following the season and has not played since. The Bonds controversy continues, especially now that he has surpassed the All-Time Home Run record with career home runs; the media continues to pressure Bonds with questions over the issue. In , the book Game of Shadows was published offering researched claims that Bonds' trainer was providing illegal performance enhancers to Bonds and other athletes.
Bonds had admitted that he did use a clear substance and lotion given to him by his trainer but had no idea that they were any sort of performance enhancers. Bonds claimed that to his knowledge, the substances given to him were legal to treat his arthritis. Mitchell was appointed by baseball commissioner Bud Selig in the wake of controversy over the book Game of Shadows , which chronicles alleged extensive use of performance-enhancing drugs , including several different types of steroids and human growth hormones Bonds allegedly had taken.
Selig did not refer to Bonds by name in announcing the investigation, and many past and present players would be investigated. Mitchell took on a role similar to that of John Dowd , who investigated Pete Rose 's alleged gambling in the late s. However, Selig acknowledged that the book, by way of calling attention to the issue, was in part responsible for the league's decision to commission an independent investigation. A report of the investigation released on December 13, named more than 80 former and current baseball players.
On June 6, , Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jason Grimsley 's home was searched by federal agents. He later admitted to using human growth hormone , steroids, and amphetamines. According to court documents, Grimsley failed a baseball drug test in and allegedly named other current and former players who also used drugs. On June 7, he was released by the Diamondbacks, reportedly at his own request. Over most of the course of Major League Baseball history, steroid testing was not a major issue.
In , Commissioner Fay Vincent sent a memo to all teams stating that steroid use was against the rules, though there was no official rule change. Vincent has said that the memo was intended as a "moral statement" to the players, rather than a "legal one",  that "the only way a change could be made was through collective bargaining,"  and "When I left baseball, there was no written policy on drug activity in baseball.
The memo did not ban the use of steroids. Fay Vincent is actually on record stating that congress has a list of illegal substances that include steroids that one must obtain via a prescription. He is on record of saying that he in no way banned steroids from MLB, but merely passed along the information that Congress considered the substances illegal without a prescription.
After the BALCO scandal , which involved allegations that top baseball players had used illegal performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball banned steroids. The policy, which was accepted by Major League Baseball players and owners, was issued at the start of the season and went as follows:. A first positive test resulted in a suspension of ten games, a second positive test resulted in a suspension of 30 games, the third positive test resulted in a suspension of 60 games, the fourth positive test resulted in a suspension of one full year, and a fifth positive test resulted in a penalty at the commissioner's discretion.
Players were tested at least once per year, with the chance that several players could be tested many times. This program replaced the previous steroid testing program under which no player was suspended in Under the old policy, which was established in , a first-time offense would result in treatment for the player and the player would not be named.
In November , MLB owners and players approved even tougher penalties for positive tests. Under the new rules, a first positive test would result in a game suspension, a second positive test would result in a game suspension, and a third positive test would result in a lifetime suspension from MLB. On March 28, the players and owners announced that the penalties for a positive test would be increased to an game suspension for the first offense, then escalate to a game suspension for the second offense, and a lifetime ban from the sport for the third.
Players suspended for the season will not be allowed to participate in post-season games. Suspensions do not allow the player to be paid while suspended. This steroid policy brings MLB closer to international rules. Steven Hoskins, on Wednesday, March 23, , testified against Barry Bonds as a government witness in the perjury and obstruction of justice case against the former baseball star. Hoskins described Barry Bonds's use of anabolic steroids , and how his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, would discuss taking the steroids in an open manner.
Even though Hoskins never witnessed Barry Bonds actually taking the drugs, he witnessed Anderson handling the needle, and Barry Bonds going in and out of the bedroom, and Barry Bonds complaining about the shots leaving his butt sore.
A fifth offense earns a ban from professional baseball for life. Up to this point, no MLB player can be tested for drug use without probable cause. Fehr tells the committee that the Congress should enact laws to ban over-the-counter sales of performance-enhancing substances. Fehr gives a lengthy dissertation to the media after the meeting about where the union stands on a number of issues, including privacy concerns regarding random drug testing.
August 30, MLB and the union unveil Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as an addendum to the new Basic Agreement, which is bargained at the 11th hour just as the players are about to go out on strike. The new policy calls for "Survey Testing" in to gauge the use of steroids among players on the man rosters of each club. The tests will be anonymous and no one will be punished.
He is 23 years old. An autopsy showed that the over-the-counter, performance-enhancing drug, Ephedra, was found in his system and was considered by the medical examiner as the primary cause of Bechler's death. Some teams, including the Chicago White Sox, consider balking at taking the tests to skew the results. A refusal to participate in the "Survey" phase is considered a positive test. That first year, all MLB players on the man rosters are subject to be randomly tested once.
In addition, MLB had the right to retest up to players a second time by the end of the season. All players ultimately complied and took the tests. The next day MLB places the designer drug on its testing list for the season, but is barred by its own agreement from retroactively re-testing the urine samples for THG traces. The first positive test put a player on a medical track that includes treatment and further testing. Otherwise, there's no punitive for a first positive test.
None of the players are charged with using performance-enhancing drugs, although four men, including Conte and Greg Anderson, Bonds' personal trainer and childhood friend, are indicted for tax evasion and selling steroids without prescriptions. March 10, The Senate Commerce Committee holds another hearing. Selig and Fehr again appear to testify. They are told in no uncertain terms that MLB's current drug policy is not strong enough. McCain says: "Your failure to commit to addressing this issue straight on and immediately will motivate this committee to search for legislative remedies," thus setting the legislative process in motion.
April 8, The grand jury presiding over the BALCO case issues a subpoena to obtain the results of all the drug tests collected from Major League players during the season. After negotiations by the union, which argues that the subpoena is violating privacy rights afforded to the players in the Joint Drug Agreement, the drug tests are turned over. Congress passed earlier in the month. The bill added hundreds of steroid-based drugs and precursors such as androstenedione to the list of anabolic steroids that are classified as Schedule III controlled substances, which are banned from over-the-counter sales without a prescription.
By virtue of MLB's own agreement with the union, all of the drugs banned by Congress are now on baseball's own banned list. November The San Francisco Chronicle prints portions of leaked grand jury testimony given the previous year by Bonds and Giambi. Giambi reportedly admits injecting himself with steroids and Bonds reportedly says he unwittingly may have allowed his former trainer, Anderson, to rub cream that had a steroid base on his legs.
Negotiations have been on going for since May, but have born no fruit. Citing the recent grand jury testimony revelations, Selig says for the first time he would welcome government intervention into the situation if the sides can't reach accord through collective bargaining. The new punitive measures for Major Leaguers are a day suspension for the first positive test, 30 days for the second, 60 days for the third, and one year for the fourth.
All without pay. On the first positive, the players name is released to the public. The program is separated from the Basic Agreement, which expires on Dec. The revelations are widely played in the media and carried by CBS in two segments of "60 Minutes" during which the former Oakland A's slugger claims he helped inject teammates McGwire, Giambi Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez, among others.
During the latter segment, Mike Wallace asks Sandy Alderson, then MLB's executive vice president, baseball operations, if baseball intended to investigate the allegations. After Alderson rejects that notion, members of Congress say they will investigate the matter for baseball. March 2, Rob Manfred, MLB's vice president of labor relations and human resources, says that drug testing will begin at Spring Training camps under the auspices of the revised program even though it has yet to be ratified by the union.
March 5, Selig announces the results of the drug tests in Mesa, Ariz. Selig says he's "startled" by the drop in positive test results from 5-to-7 percent in to between 1-to-2 percent in The actual numbers were 12 positive tests in 1, No player tested positively twice, so under the rules of the old program, they were neither suspended nor had their names released.
At first, the government sends out invitations, which are turned down by the various parties. The Committee then issues subpoenas, which are fought by MLB. March 17, At the hour hearing that is sometimes contentious, Congressmen again tell MLB and union officials to beef up their drug program "or we we'll do it for you," said Henry Waxman, the committee's top Democrat.
I intend to follow their advice," McGwire said, declining to delve into the past. March 18, Various bills controlling the use and testing of drug use in professional sports begin to be formulated in several committees. He is suspended for 10 days. Share your opinion on Baseball Fever. Copyright Hosted by Hosting 4 Less. Part of the Baseball Almanac Family. Follow BaseballAlmanac Find us on Facebook. The new policy, which was accepted by Major League Baseball players and owners, was issued at the start of the season and goes as follows: The first positive test will result in a suspension of up to ten days.
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