There was another wave of steroid cases early in 2015, when four pitchers - Arodys Vizcaino , David Rollins , Ervin Santana and Jenrry Mejia were handed 80-game suspensions in the span of two weeks. All four tested positive for Stanozolol, the steroid once made famous when sprinting champion Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal and world record in the 100-meter dash at the 1988 Seoul Olympics . Given its long history of abuse, it was a very simple product to detect, making people wonder why anyone would risk so much by taking a something that was certain to be captured in a drug test.
AS A Double-A prospect with the Dodgers in the early 1980s, Orel Hershiser watched along with the other San Antonio Missions as a visiting physical therapist demonstrated baseball's cutting-edge weight training regimen for pitchers. The guy held out two- and four-pound weights, then showed the pitchers how to lift the weights at particular angles to strengthen their shoulder muscles, focusing on precise repetition. "He didn't believe in big muscles," Hershiser recalls. A current major league conditioning coach echoes the point: "The reality is that baseball was way behind the times—20 years behind football. Guys are always going to be looking for an edge, and there wasn't any information in baseball. So when there's an information void, they're going to find answers for themselves."
Steroid use as a means of performance enhancing began to really take off in the 1950s and 60s, largely in thanks to the . and Soviet Union Olympic weight lifting teams. During the Cold War era the battle for supremacy was never ceasing and the same drive for supremacy shared by rivaling governments was shared by the respected athletic institutes. Although steroid use as it pertains to performance enhancing owes much of its history to weight lifting and what is often referred to as the Golden Age of bodybuilding do not be misled; steroid use has existed in many sports we know as far back as the 1970s. Even baseball which has in recent years carried the burden of the steroid hunt was ripe with anabolic steroid use as far back as the 1970s. Former MLB pitcher Tom House who pitched for three different teams in the 70s stated he knew without question every team had at least 6 pitchers using anabolic steroids during this time. Thats pitchers alone; this does not include the other 8 positions.