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Steroids and Japanese Baseball

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  • aladdin sane
    Hi guys: Former Yokohama hurler Rafael Betancourt, who is now with Cleveland, tested positive for steroids. This brings to four (at least) the number of former
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 8, 2005
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      Hi guys:
       
           Former Yokohama hurler Rafael Betancourt, who is now with Cleveland, tested positive for steroids. This brings to four (at least) the number of former Japan leaguers who have been disciplined under the MLB drug policy. The others are former Hanshin and Seibu infielder Tom Evans, ex-Kintetsu pitcher Brian Mallete, and onetime Daiei Hawk (for abou ten minutes) Tetsu Yofu. Yofu was released by the White Sox once he tested positive. I have no idea what happened with the others.  
       
           It would be naive to think that most or all of these men weren't using banned substances during their respective sojurns in Japan. So anyone want to speculate as to the extent of the steriods problem in Japan? And are they even legal there or are they considered controlled substances as they are in the U.S.? Moreover, what is the likelihood of imposing durg testing in NPB or is the ownership purposefully burying its head in the sand like MLB did?
       
      Take care,
       
      Gary
       
       

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