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The Water Torture Of Baseball's Steroid Leaks, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2009

The Water Torture Of Baseball's Steroid Leaks, Richard C. Crepeau

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When I was a young boy I remember using the term "Chinese water torture" for any activity that seemed long, torturous, and pointless. I have been reminded of this repeatedly over the last few years as slowly, usually one by one, the names of those baseball players who tested positive for some sort of performance enhancing drugs have become public. Anonymous and confidential drug testing that was conducted for Major League baseball and the MLB Players Association in 2003 to determine the extent of a drug problem in baseball has turned out to be not so confidential.