Juice: The Real Story of Baseball's Drug Problems / Edition 1

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Overview

"Steroids are ruining the game of baseball. It has faced no more serious threat since gamblers gained control of the World Series in 1919." Or are we overreacting? The problem of steroids, recreational drugs, and other performance enhancers is one of the fundamental issues facing not only baseball but all of sports and society. With pundits pointing fingers and former players naming names, a drug-induced McCarthyism is tarring some of the greatest players ever to take the field. In The Juice, Will Carroll, an acknowledged authority on baseball conditioning and injuries, calls for a scientific, reasoned approach to the steroids problem. He first explains the science of steroids and other drugs, describes how athletes are tested, considers the scientific evidence of effects and side effects, and, most important, analyzes whether and how these drugs impact the game. He explores the grey area of legal supplements, covers the BALCO story, and speculates on the next generation of performance enhancers. And he profiles the motivations and experiences of professional players, student athletes, and baseball trainers. Carroll has interviewed hundreds of players, executives, owners, and experts. His information from players who have used steroids will surprise everyone with the reasons why players cheat. His exclusive conversation with the creator of some of baseball's most abused substances will make The Juice the season's most widely discussed baseball book. For readers who want to understand why baseball has a drug problem, how the drugs work, and how they have affected the game, Carroll provides the answers. They are surprising—and should lead to new and better questions.
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Editorial Reviews

San Diego Union - Tribune
The answers are here in Carroll's well-researched, fact-filled book.
Newsweek
An indispensable guide to today's controversies.
Bookwatch
A must for any involved in the sport's finer issues.
Royalsreview.Com
One of the more important baseball and sports books written this decade.
Newswise.com
He explains the science...and, most importantly, analyzes whether and how these drugs affect the game.
ESPN Magazine
A fascinating new book.
Jeff Kallman
Carroll lays out a small wealth of data, compressed into simple enough terms, to inform the reader what steroids are [and] what they are not.
Fred Claire
Anyone who knows Will Carroll, or who has read his writings for Baseball Prospectus, knows he cares deeply about the game of baseball. It is the very reason he has authored The Juice. Will’s book will help those in the game, and the fans who follow the game, understand the issues of a problem that needs to be faced before it can disappear.
Eric Neel
Will Carroll does a simple, brilliant thing in this book: He asks questions...and he goes about answering them, in a deliberate, curious, and rational way. His prose is clean and his aim is true, and in one fell swoop he’s raised the level of debate about steroids in this country. ...From now on, if a person wants to pontificate on the question, he’d better have read The Juice first. And if a person hopes to speak intelligently about how performance-enhancing drugs affect the games we play and the sports we follow, she will have certainly read The Juice.
Tom House
The Juice is a great resource for information on the history and presence of banned and illegal performance enhancers in sports. Will Carroll’s work really is a baseball book (on steroids)!
Dayn Perry
It's brimming with cold-eyed analysis, digestible science and shoe-leather journalism. No histrionics, no agenda; just an exhaustive look at steroids and what they mean for the game. It’s the most important work of its kind.
Karl Kuehl
Eye opening! This is an important book for everyone who influences young athletes. The Juice is an objective look at the world of performance enhancement drugs today and tomorrow.
Allen Barra
Everyone talks about steroids, but no one knows anything about them. Will Carroll’s The Juice is the first step in our education.
Will Weiss
There’s a difference between thinking critically and criticizing, and Will Carroll demonstrates that throughout the text. The Juice is a must-read for legislators, sports administrators, educators, lawyers, doctors, journalists, athletes of all levels, and fans.
Rob Neyer
Stop! Don’t say another word about steroids until you’ve read The Juice.
Jeff Erickson
Will Carroll’s The Juice fills the yawning educational gap that exists in discussions on the topic. Are steroids in baseball a real problem? Absolutely, but if you want to have an intelligent conversation about them, make sure you first read The Juice.
New Republic - Ben Adler
A good job of showing why the situation involving performance enhancing drugs is more complicated than you might think.
ESPN the Magazine - Peter Gammons
Our education has begun.... Carroll...sifts through facts and myths and helps understand the layers of performance enhancements.
Mercury News - Daniel Brown
Riveting...tremendously important: spelling out the complex arguments and issues regarding baseball and drug use.... A blessedly blather–free book.
Sports Ramblings - Bernie Gilmer
A professional and insightful approach to defining the ramifications of steroid usage as it applies to playing the sport of baseball.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Art Thiel
Intriguing detail.
Baseballmuse.Com - Brandon Wilson
A dose of enlightenment.
Kansas City Star - Greg Hack
This book...is a great example of how to objectively examine a subject.
Democrat and Chronicle - Leo Roth
Riveting.
New York Sun - Russ Smith
Engaging reading.
ESPN the Magazine
A fascinating new book.
From The Critics
"The Juice remains one of the more important baseball and sports books written this decade."-
Royals Review
"The Juice remains one of the more important baseball and sports books written this decade."-
Bookwatch
"A ‘must’ for any involved in the sport’s finer issues."
Kansas City Star
"This book...is a great example of how to objectively examine a subject. "
Mercury News
"Riveting...tremendously important: spelling out the complex arguments and issues regarding baseball and drug use.... A blessedly blather-free book."
Sports Ramblings
"Professional and insightful approach to defining the ramifications of steroid usage as it applies to playing the sport of baseball."
New Republic
"A good job of showing why the situation involving performance enhancing drugs is more complicated than you might think."
Brandon Wilson
Everyone talks about steroids, but no one knows anything about them. Will Carroll's The Juice is the first step in our education.
Wall Street Journal
Art Thiel
Carroll does a simple, brilliant thing in this book: He asks questions...and he goes about answering them, in a deliberate, curious, and rational way. His prose is clean and his aim is true, and in one fell swoop he's raised the level of debate about 'steroids' in this country.
ESPN
Eric Neel
Carroll does a simple, brilliant thing in this book: He asks questions...and he goes about answering them, in a deliberate, curious, and rational way. His prose is clean and his aim is true, and in one fell swoop he's raised the level of debate about 'steroids' in this country.
ESPN
Allen Barra
Everyone talks about steroids, but no one knows anything about them. Will Carroll's The Juice is the first step in our education.
Wall Street Journal
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Carroll is a recognized expert on medical matters related to baseball, and, for the most part, his analysis of steroid use among ballplayers is fair, thorough, and based on solid evidence. As such, his book is in direct competition with several more sensational and opinionated accounts. There is no question, for example, that Juice has more to offer the baseball community than Jose Canseco's Juiced (Regan Bks., 2005), but the latter has received far more attention from the media. At the risk of being slightly pedantic, Carroll refuses to sidestep the many complexities surrounding the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He considers PEDs not just a baseball or even a general sports problem, but rather a social issue on par with the use of recreational drugs. Despite a few factual errors, and some uneven writing (several of the chapters are written by other "experts"), this book belongs in most public and school libraries. Many who read it will gain from it, but none more so than the high school athlete who will confront, most likely for the first time, the truth about these illegal substances.-Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637206
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,176,346
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.89 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Carroll writes for Baseball Prospectus and is the author of Saving the Pitcher, a revolutionary book about preventing pitching injuries that has been widely applauded. His father, Dr. William Carroll, is a former athletic trainer in professional sports and a respected sports medicine educator. Will Carroll lives in Indianapolis, and William L. Carroll lives in Mobile, AL.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Defining the issue 9
2 Profile : the player 16
3 A brief history of performance-enhancing drugs 29
4 How steroids work, and what they do to the body 47
5 The original juice : amphetamines and uppers 73
6 Supplements, a grey area 80
7 Profile : the tester 96
8 A comparison : football's steroids policy 107
9 Pre-trial commotion : the legal issues of steroids and sports 116
10 Profile : the student 138
11 On the horizon : genetic performance enhancement 146
12 Profile : the creator 159
13 Those in favor raise their hands 176
14 Do steroids rewrite the record books? 201
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