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Minor leaguer Jacobs suspended for HGH

Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: August 18, 2011 11:05 am
 
Former major leaguer Mike Jacobs, now playing in the minor leagues with the Rockies, has become the first North American professional athlete to be suspended for a positive test for human growth hormone.

Baseball announced Thursday morning that Jacobs has been suspended for 50 games, and that the suspension begins immediately.

HGH can only be detected by blood tests, which aren't included under the drug testing agreement between the major leagues and the major-league players union. Testing began last year in the minor leagues, where players aren't members of the union.

Baseball officials will no doubt hope that the news of Jacobs' positive test will step up pressure on the union to accept HGH testing in the new basic agreement, which is currently being negotiated.

The NFL is testing for HGH for the first time this year, under the new labor agreement completed this month.

Jacobs isn't the first player to be suspended for HGH -- Jordan Schafer, recently traded from the Braves to the Astros, was suspended 50 games in 2008 -- but he is the first to be suspended for a positive test. Schafer was suspended because baseball uncovered evidence that he had used HGH.

The 30-year-old Jacobs has played in the major leagues with the Mets, Marlins and Royals, most recently appearing in seven games for the Mets in April 2010. He hit .298 for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox this year, with 23 home runs and 97 RBI. The 97 RBI ranked second in the Pacific Coast League.

The first professional athlete in the world suspended for a positive HGH test was Terry Newton, a rugby league player in Great Britain, who was banned for two years after a positive test in 2010. Newton committed suicide later that year.

Matt Socholotiuk, a football player at Waterloo University in Canada, was given a three-year ban last September after a positive HGH test.

Patrik Sinkewitz, a German cyclist, tested positive for HGH earlier this year, but he has gone to court to contest the ruling.

Baseball began its minor-league testing program soon after Newton's positive test was announced.

In the major leagues, baseball uses urine testing to enforce bans on steroids and amphetamines. HGH can't be detected by urine tests, and is difficult to detect even in blood testing.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported that the Rockies released Jacobs, but that he apologized to them, and told them he hopes to play next year after serving his suspension.


Category: MLB
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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:21 am
 

Minor leaguer Jacobs suspended for HGH

Jacobs wasn't on the stuff when he was with the Mets. What a stiff. It's hard to fathom that he was actually the Mets openng day first baseman in 2010, but then quickly replaced by Ike (three month bone bruise) Davis.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:22 am
 

Minor leaguer Jacobs suspended for HGH

lumpoco: I've heard him and I think being the first player to test positive is pretty significant.  I also think the headline explains the article so if it's that important for you to not have read it, DON'T.

Get over yourself 


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