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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Miami Clinic Behind the Alex Rodriguez Steroid Scandal

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A new book by two investigative journalists on a Miami clinic that had been supplying performance enhancing drugs to baseball players.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: A-Rod Suspended

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca joins us as we open the phones to hear what baseball fans think about Alex Rodriguez's suspension from baseball and his legacy. 

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The Takeaway

Yankees' A-Rod, 12 Other Players Receive MLB Suspensions

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Yesterday, 12 players involved in the Biogenesis scandal each agreed to a 50-game suspension. Alex Rodriguez received a harsher penalty, banning him through the 2014 season, though he plans to appeal the 211-game suspension. Under league rules, he is allowed to play until an arbitrator decides the case. Jay Goldberg spent 15 years as a sports agent. He joins us to break down the consequences of the suspension for A-Rod, the MLB, and baseball fans.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A-Rod, Suspended?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gabe Feldman, associate professor of law and director of the Sports Law Program at Tulane University, discusses reports that Alex Rodriguez could face suspension for his alleged involvement with the performance-enhancing drug supplier Biogenesis International, and whether or not he'll fight it if suspended.

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The Takeaway

More Drug Tests for Major League Baseball

Friday, January 11, 2013

This week, the Baseball Writers of America decided that in 2013, no players would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Potential inductees included players hailing from the infamous steroids era. Yesterday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced that the League would expand its drug testing program. Dave Zirin, sports columnist for The Nation, explores the ramifications for MLB players and the league itself.

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WNYC News

Prosecutor: Clemens Told 'Lies to Cover Up Lies'

Monday, April 23, 2012

The complexity of the Roger Clemens perjury retrial showed itself in many ways Monday - before a jury that knows little about baseball.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: As Court Weighs Perjury Retrial, Clemens Defense Needs a Demure Rocket

Friday, September 02, 2011

Whatever your opinion on whether prosecutor’s should spend taxpayer resources pursuing doping-related cases, like Clemens’, I think we can all agree that the man who showed up at the hearings did not do himself any favors.

-Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Judge Declares Mistrial in Roger Clemens Case

Friday, July 15, 2011

The federal judge presiding over the Roger Clemens perjury case has declared a mistrial. Judge Reggie Walton made his decision after prosecutors exposed the jurors to evidence he ruled inadmissible. The government lawyers' blunder was a mistake Judge Walton said even "first-year law students" would have known to avoid.

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The Takeaway

A Tarnished Image for Roger Clemens

Friday, August 20, 2010

He used to be bound for the Hall of Fame, but now seems more likely to go to prison. The seven-time Cy Young Award Winner, Roger Clemens was indicted on six counts by a federal grand jury yesterday, for allegedly lying to Congress, with statements like this, "let me be clear, I have never taken steroids or HGH."

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WNYC News

Clemens Indicted for Lying to Congress Over Steroid Use

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A federal grand jury indicted seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress about using steroids. The former Yankees pitcher faces charges of obstruction of Congress, making false statements and perjury.

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The Takeaway

Slugger Mark McGwire Admits to Steroids

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mark McGwire finally came out and admitted he took steroids while playing Major League Baseball. This comes after years of speculation and on the eve of his debut as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach.

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The Takeaway

Steroids and Baseball

Monday, August 03, 2009

With David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez being outted as steroid users, The Takeaway’s Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin – who has remained relatively quiet about steroids in baseball – has decided it's time to take a harder line against cheaters.

For more from Ibrahim, read his blog post, Baseball's Cheating Heart.

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The Takeaway

Sports: Big Papi Busted

Friday, July 31, 2009

Big Papi may have had help getting big. The New York Times reported yesterday that the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz and former Red Sox player Manny Ramirez are on a list of a hundred players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. Joining The Takeaway to talk about the story is Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, The Takeaway’s sports contributor.

For more information, watch the video below.

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The Takeaway

Major League Baseball: The End of the Fehr Era

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Major League Baseball is losing an icon. Don Fehr is retiring after 26 years. He's not a second baseman or even a coach. He's the executive director of the Major League Baseball Player's Association and on his watch a lot has happened in the world of baseball. Will he be remembered for helping players gets rich or allowing steroid use to proliferate? The Takeaway's Sports Contributor Jeff Beresford-Howe talks with John Hockenberry about the legacy of Don Fehr.

To see some statistics on changes in baseball during Fehr's career, watch the video below.

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The Takeaway

Strike Out: Why Clemens May Have Turned to Steroids

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A new book charges famed pitcher Roger Clemens with using steroids. So Clemens made the ESPN rounds denying once again that his trainer Brian McNamee ever injected him with steroids. The book, American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime reports extensively on Clemens' use of banned substances and claims he lied under oath to Congress about it. Nathaniel Vinton, one of the book's authors and a journalist for the New York Daily News investigative sports team, joins The Takeaway to talk about his former idol's downfall. The same characteristics that made Clemens successful, Vinton says, ultimately brought him down.

For more on Clemens and steroid use, watch the video below.

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The Takeaway

Manny Ramirez Ruined My Fantasy!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez shocked the sporting world yesterday when it was reported that he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. The result? Immediate suspension for 50 games. Dodgers fans aren't the only ones who are crushed. So are the thousands of members of baseball fantasy leagues. The Dodgers slugger was owned in 100% of fantasy leagues hosted on CBS Sports Web site, and 99% of the leagues hosted on Yahoo (where no player has a 100% ownership number). What's a fantasy leaguer to do? The Takeaway talks to Nando Di Fino, Sports Reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

For more, read Nando Di Fino's Wall Street Journal article How Fantasy Teams Can Cope Without Manny.

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The Takeaway

You're Out! Baseball's Bad Week

Friday, May 08, 2009

It's a bad week for the biggest names in baseball. A-Rod returns to the struggling Yankees -- and while they could use his help on the field, they probably don't welcome all the controversy he brings. Meanwhile, Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball for allegedly using hCG, a female fertility drug. Since it's unlikely that Manny's trying to get pregnant, it's hard not to suspect he was using performance enhancing drugs.

The Takeaway talks to Selena Roberts, a columnist for Sports Illustrated Columnist. She broke the original Rodriguez steroids scandal, and she has a new book out called, A-Rod, where she writes that Mr. Rodriguez not only has been using steroids as a New York Yankee, but had been using since high school.

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