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A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez

By Selena Roberts
A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez

Rumoured to be on the verge of a personal and professional collapse so profound it would rate as one of the most dramatic falls in major league history. Through exhaustive reporting and interviews, Roberts will detail A-Rod as a plunge-in-progress, a once-in-a-generation baseball talent tortured by an internal struggle between the polished family man he wants to be and the unabashed hedonist he has become. The storyline will include his dalliances with strippers, infatuation with Madonna, details of his... More »

American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime

By Teri Thompson, Nathaniel Vinton, Michael O'Keeffe & Christian Red
American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime

It was an epic downfall. In twenty-four seasons pitcher Roger Clemens put together one of the greatest careers baseball has ever seen. Seven Cy Young Awards, two World Series championships, and 354 victories made him a lock for the Hall of Fame. But on December 13, 2007, the Mitchell Report laid waste to all that. Accusations that Clemens relied on steroids and human growth hormone provided and administered by his former trainer, Brian McNamee, have put Clemens in the crosshairs of a... More »

The Rocket That Fell To Earth: Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality

By Jeff Pearlman
The Rocket That Fell To Earth: Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality

He was supposed to be the next Nolan Ryan: Roger Clemens, the fearless, hard-nosed Texan with a 98-mph fastball and a propensity to throw at the heads of opposing hitters. Yet shortly after his arrival in the major leagues in 1984, it became apparent that the Ryan comparisons were simply unfair-Roger Clemens was significantly better. Over 24 seasons, the Rocket would go on to win 354 games, an unprecedented seven Cy Young Awards and two World Series trophies. In 1986 he set the major league record with... More »

Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

By Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada
Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

The two San Fransisco Chronicle reporters privy to the BALCO transcripts and court documents published this book outlining the entire BALCO scandal. In it they described the laboratory's supply of 'undetecable designer' steroids (including The Cream and The Clear) to track and field athletes, football players and baseball players. Famous athletes such as Marion Jones, Tim Montgommery, Bill Romanowski, Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield and Jason Giambi had intimate details of their steroid use published... More »

Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball

By Howard Bryant
Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball by Howard Bryant

Juicing the Game is about vastly more than just steroids. It is a pervasive critique of how the sport has changed over the past decade. After baseball was derailed by a bitter strike in 1994, team owners searched for ways to bring fans back into the stadiums. The incredible increase in home runs over the next few seasons offered such a motivation, and Bryant accuses managers and owners of actively ignoring the open secret of steroid use to keep sluggers like McGwire and Canseco in action. Bud Selig, who had... More »

Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big

By Jose Canseco
Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big by Jose Canseco

Ken Caminiti had already admitted his steroid use to Sports Illustrated, but it was Canseco's book that opened the flood gates. Canseco claimed to have educated and personally injected many players including Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez and Mark McGwire. Canseco described himself as a steroid guru, unabashedly championing steroid use as means to greater production as well as the fountain of youth. It was his book that ultimately led to the congressional hearings... More »

The Juice: The Real Story of Baseball's Drug Problems

By Will Carroll
The Juice: The Real Story of Baseball's Drug Problems

In The Juice, Will Carroll, an acknowledged authority on baseball's medical problems, calls for a scientific, reasoned approach to the steroid problem. Shunning emotional judgements, he offers a wide-ranging investigation of the drugs, the athletes who use them, the scientific effects and side effects, the testing procedures, and whether drugs have had an impact on the game. He explores the grey area of legal supplements, reviews the law involved in the BALCO case, compares baseball's situation with... More »

Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero

By Jeff Pearlman
Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero

In Love Me, Hate Me, journalist Jeff Pearlman offers a searing and insightful look into one of the most divisive athletes of our time. Drawing on extensive interviews with Bonds himself, members of his family, former and current managers, teammates, opponents, trainers, outspoken critics, and unapologetic supporters alike, Pearlman reveals, for the first time, a wonderfully nuanced portrait of a prodigiously talented--and immensely flawed--American icon, whose controversial run at baseball immortality forever... More »

The Cheater's Guide to Baseball

By Derek Zumsteg
The Cheater's Guide to Baseball

Ever see Mike Piazza block the plate? Or Derek Jeter slide hard into second? Illegal. But it happens every game. Baseball's rules, it seems, were made to be broken. And they are, consistently and creatively, by the players, the front office, and even sometimes the fans. Like it or not, cheating has been an integral part of America's favourite pastime since its inception. But how do they do it, right before our eyes? The Cheater's Guide to Baseball will show you how cheating is really done. In this lively tour through... More »

Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball

By Jose Canseco
Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball

In 2005, Jose Canseco blew the lid off Major League Baseball's steroid scandal -- and no one believed him. His New York Times bestselling memoir Juiced met a firestorm of criticism and outrage from the media, coaches, clubs, and players, many of whom Canseco had personally introduced to steroids -- with a needle in the ass. Baseball's former golden boy, Rookie of the Year, onetime Most Valuable Player, and owner of two World Series rings was called a liar. Now, steroids are back in the headlines... More »

Steroid Nation: The Secret History of America's True Drug Addiction

By Shaun Assael
Steroid Nation: The Secret History of America's True Drug Addiction

When science lets us fulfill our greatest desires, where do we stop? Should Barry Bonds's startling achievements be listed in the record book with an asterisk because he has been accused of using steroids? Did performance-enhancing drugs play a role in Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories? And what does Arnold Schwarzenegger's continued success say about the appeal of his steroid-fueled bodybuilding persona? Steroid Nation presents a chilling portrait of a nation enamored of artificially... More »

Bash Brothers: A Legacy Subpoenaed

By Dale Tafoya
Bash Brothers: A Legacy Subpoenaed

Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco--the Bash Brothers--ushered in a new era of muscle-bound power hitters in baseball in the late 1980s. Suddenly balls were flying out of the parks like never before, and the rest of baseball stood up, took notice, and followed suit. Baseball's bodybuilding revolution, with its resultant steroid infestation, was here to stay, and many experts today point to these two players as a large reason why. Author Dale Tafoya has interviewed more than 150 teammates, coaches, scouts, and friends who... More »

Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report

By Krik Radomski with David Fisher
Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report

On a quiet street on Long Island early on a December morning in 2005, more than fifty federal agents stood outside a lovely new home waiting for the front door to be opened. When it did, there stood the central figure in one of the biggest scandals in sports history: Kirk Radomski. Radomski was a regular New York kid who, from the age of fifteen had the amazing fortune of working in the Mets clubhouse. The focus of his job was to give the players whatever they wanted or needed-he got their uniforms... More »

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The List
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Mitchell Report - 47
Admitted - 16
Implicated By Others - 34
MLB Suspensions - 27
Other - 4
Suspended for non-analytical evidence that player violated MLB drug policy.
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