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How can players cheat? Let's count the ways

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm •  Published: May 25, 2013
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Famous Example: The 1951 New York Giants beat out Brooklyn for the National League pennant on Bobby Thomson's famous homer. About a decade ago, The Wall Street Journal quoted Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin, catcher Sal Yvars and pitcher Al Gettel as admitting the Giants stole catchers' signs. The Journal said the Giants would relay signals from their center-field clubhouse to the bullpen with a buzzer system created by an electrician. Yvars said he then relayed signals to hitters.

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PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS

How It's Done: That's not as important as the other question — how is it done without detection? It's an issue all sports are grappling with to some degree, and baseball's testing program has changed quite a bit since the 1990s.

Famous Examples: Mark McGwire, who hit 583 homers in his career, has admitted using steroids and human growth hormone. Rafael Palmeiro, who reached both the 500-homer and 3,000-hit marks, was suspended in 2005 for a positive test for PEDs. He claimed it was due to a vitamin vial given to him by a teammate.

Alex Rodriguez has admitted he used PEDs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03, before Major League Baseball and the players' union started their joint drug program.

Plenty of others are under suspicion, too — witness the Hall of Fame vote, in which baseball writers didn't give any player the 75 percent required for induction this year.