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Ryan Braun busted for PED use; faces 50 day ban

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  • Originally posted by Steven Gallanter View Post
    I seem to recall that Barry Bonds and Harold Baines had lasik surgery. I have not researched this. If any BBF poster has good information regarding this I would be interested.

    It IS complicated.
    I'm not sure if lasik can improve to 20/10. But I know it can be improved to better than the average vision of 20/20. Supposedly Tiger Woods was improved to 20/15 from a around 20/2000. If vision could be improved to 20/10, that is a huge advantage in baseball. I'm sure that was one of the factors that made Ted Williams and Babe Ruth what they were.

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    • Originally posted by NJYankeeFan View Post
      Caffeine is performance enhancing for cycling.

      It is also performance enhancing for finance and law. So is adderal.

      Physically steroids could help but agree with Steve on painkillers. Plus players can have surgeries that allow them to player longer and better than before. Legal drugs and supplements can have similar effects to the ones that are banned.

      I used to lift and Argenine and creatine were big boosts. Nothing illegal but a definite aid. A PED.
      Even if true, not banned.I see nothing wrong with such if it is available to all and unlike PED's not banned.

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      • Originally posted by Joltin' Joe View Post
        What about glasses, contacts, or lasik?
        What is the question Joe, are you asking if they aid much or are you asking if they are acceptable.

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        • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
          What is the question Joe, are you asking if they aid much or are you asking if they are acceptable.
          Half being a wise guy, but in a insignificant way, a little serious. If Ted Williams or Babe Ruth had average eyesight (20/20), they would not have been as great. Clearly (no pun intended), their phenomenal vision was part of their skills. I understand lasik is perfectly legal, but isn't it just as performance enhancing (and perhaps more) as some substances that are banned?

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          • Originally posted by Joltin' Joe View Post
            Half being a wise guy, but in a insignificant way, a little serious. If Ted Williams or Babe Ruth had average eyesight (20/20), they would not have been as great. Clearly (no pun intended), their phenomenal vision was part of their skills. I understand lasik is perfectly legal, but isn't it just as performance enhancing (and perhaps more) as some substances that are banned?
            It may be but again, I wouldn't have a problem with any player using any procedure that any other player could experience.
            In other word, player A uses PEDs and player B does not like that, feel it gives the other player an advantage, but he plays by the rules, can't do the same without feeling guilt or getting caught.
            Not the same with anything not banned, available to all with no penalty, not a problem.

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            • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
              It may be but again, I wouldn't have a problem with any player using any procedure that any other player could experience.
              In other word, player A uses PEDs and player B does not like that, feel it gives the other player an advantage, but he plays by the rules, can't do the same without feeling guilt or getting caught.
              Not the same with anything not banned, available to all with no penalty, not a problem.
              I agree with you there. Lasik is not only not banned, it is perfectly legal. The fact that it may be even more benefitial than PED is a whole different argument.

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              • Originally posted by Steven Gallanter View Post
                I seem to recall that Barry Bonds and Harold Baines had lasik surgery. I have not researched this. If any BBF poster has good information regarding this I would be interested.

                It IS complicated.
                Boggs had lasix for the sole purpose of improving his then 20/20 vision. It is 100% performance enhancing.

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                • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
                  It may be but again, I wouldn't have a problem with any player using any procedure that any other player could experience.
                  In other word, player A uses PEDs and player B does not like that, feel it gives the other player an advantage, but he plays by the rules, can't do the same without feeling guilt or getting caught.
                  Not the same with anything not banned, available to all with no penalty, not a problem.
                  So if a player knows an umpire called a strike a ball should he call himself out and sit down?

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                  • Originally posted by Steven Gallanter View Post
                    Caffeine improved my cycling speed but sapped my endurance with calf cramps. My use of it was coincidental.
                    What bulldog said, you did not hydrate enough.

                    I did a ride with a guy a couple of years ago who was done by mile 55 of a 65 mile ride. Nothing competitive. Gave him some Accel gel. Basically carb with some Argenine. Got to the finish strong.

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                    • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
                      Even if true, not banned.I see nothing wrong with such if it is available to all and unlike PED's not banned.
                      So your criteria on what is good and bad is arbitrary?

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                      • I'm going to the grocery store RIGHT NOW to get some caffeine, Tylenol, Creatine, etc. I'm gonna be a superstar!! Anyone know what aisle the illegal PED's are in? Coffee is in aisle 8, I know that, next to the Pop Tarts and across from the Cheerios.
                        "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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                        • Originally posted by StanTheMan View Post
                          I'm going to the grocery store RIGHT NOW to get some caffeine, Tylenol, Creatine, etc. I'm gonna be a superstar!! Anyone know what aisle the illegal PED's are in? Coffee is in aisle 8, I know that, next to the Pop Tarts and across from the Cheerios.
                          OLD FUDDY DUDDY!

                          Red Bull baby. Red Bull.

                          (and all of it's progeny, 5 hour, etc. etc.)

                          Slacker.

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                          • Originally posted by CandlestickBum View Post
                            OLD FUDDY DUDDY!

                            Red Bull baby. Red Bull.

                            (and all of it's progeny, 5 hour, etc. etc.)

                            Slacker.
                            My little cousin's little league coach told all the players to drink a Red Bull before every game and parents were SCANDALIZED!!!!!

                            He was like 12 years old at the time, if I recall.

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                            • Originally posted by Joltin' Joe View Post
                              What about glasses, contacts, or lasik?
                              All legal, and not even in the same class as legal chemicals... And nowhere near the same class as illegal substances.
                              "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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                              • Originally posted by NJYankeeFan View Post
                                Boggs had lasix for the sole purpose of improving his then 20/20 vision. It is 100% performance enhancing.
                                Lasik is legal in the United States and approved by Major League Baseball. That, sir, is the distinction.
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