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SANTO DOMINGO.- In the two years since tests for steroids and penalties in baseball’s Major and minor leagues were implemented, of the 302 players who have failed to date 175 are Dominican, 57.9%.

This week Tampa Bay Davil Rays reliever Juan Salas became the first player to fail the test this year, becoming one of the 8 veteran players suspended.  

Of the 12 who tested positive in the minors, 4 (33%) are Dominican.

"I don’t know what’s happening," said to the reliever Alberto Reyes to the newspaper Tampa Bay Times. "That makes us look badly, what seems is that many of the young people who are using it are Latino. But they will learn from this"

"What I can tell you is that, obviously, the main reason why the Latinos test positive is the lack of information," said Ronaldo Peralta, a Major Leagues representative in the country to ESPN in a recent interview. He said the players “aren’t doing this intentionally” and agreed with Reyes, but also cited a lack of education of the Latino players.

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2 comment(s)
Written by: K. Minito, 11 May 2007 1:50 PM
From: Miami, FL
Accusing the lack of education or information for the use of banned substances is a poor excuse. Never before Dominican ball players have been more educated than now. Most of the Mayor League clubs (26 of 30, I think) have schools in DR. There, the kids not only play baseball, they are taught several other things, included banned substances. They know too that falsifying official documents (like birth certificates, changing the DOB or the name) is illegal, but they do it anyway.
Written by: ggedda, 27 Jun 2009 12:08 PM
From: United States
My guess after six months in the Dominican Republic writing my baseball book is that the buscones offer players a PED and tell them that it's legal and will make them stronger. The players sometimes say yes. Don't forget, these youngsters are under pressure from their families to do well. It's not unusual for a player who reaches the big leagues to end up supporting 20 or more family members. More education for Dominican kids in their early teens could make a difference
George Gedda, author, "The Dominican Connection"

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