Juice: The Real Story of Baseball's Drug Problems

Juice: The Real Story of Baseball's Drug Problems

by Will Carroll
     
 
Baseball is a game that sparks passion, writes Will Carroll, and any attempt to change the game, for almost any reason, meets a nearly universal blockade. The specter that has been presented to fans-that steroids have somehow changed the game-has never been scientifically tested. For me, that's the necessary gold standard of proof, and it should be used with a healthy

Overview

Baseball is a game that sparks passion, writes Will Carroll, and any attempt to change the game, for almost any reason, meets a nearly universal blockade. The specter that has been presented to fans-that steroids have somehow changed the game-has never been scientifically tested. For me, that's the necessary gold standard of proof, and it should be used with a healthy skepticism for conventional wisdom. The process I went through writing this book was one of discovery. I came into the process with an open mind and a pocket full of questions.

Editorial Reviews

San Diego Union - Tribune
The answers are here in Carroll's well-researched, fact-filled book.
"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.
Newsweek
An indispensable guide to today's controversies.
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.
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.
The Wall Street Journal - 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 & Chronicle - Leo Roth
Riveting.
New York Sun - Russ Smith
Engaging reading.
ESPN the Magazine
A fascinating new book.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The answers are here in Carroll's well-researched, fact-filled book.
Mercury News - Daniel James Brown
Riveting...tremendously important: spelling out the complex arguments and issues regarding baseball and drug use.... A blessedly blather–free book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566636681
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.03(d)

What People are saying about this

Allen Barra
"A dose of enlightenment."
baseballmuse.com
Dayn Perry
This book...[is] 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.
FOX Sports
Ira Berkow
Authoritative and insightful. Carroll's book helps clear the bases on one of the murkiest--and ominous--problems in sports today.
sports columnist and author of Red: A Biography of Red Smith
Thiel
"Intriguing detail."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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.
former L.A. Dodger Executive VP and author of Fred Claire: My 30 Years in Dodger Blue
Tom House
The Juice is a great resource for information on the history and presence of banned and illegal performance enhancers in sports.
Will Weiss
The Juice is a must-read for legislators, sports administrators, educators, lawyers, doctors, journalists, athletes of all levels, and fans.
Senior Editor, YESNetwork.com
Democrat and Chronicle
"Riveting."
Eric Neel
"Intriguing detail."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Jeff Erickson
Will Carroll's The Juice fills the yawning educational gap that exists in discussions on the topic.
Rotowire
Art Thiel
"Intriguing detail."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Rob Neyer
Stop! Don't say another word about 'steroids' until you've read The Juice.
ESPN
Karl Kuehl
Eye opening! This is an important book for everyone who influences young athletes. ...An objective look...

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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