03.27.06

Costello : MLB Ignoring Sultan’s Fertile Cocktail

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As everyone except Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield and Jason Giambi continues to pour through ‘Game Of Shadows’, the New York Post’s Brian Costello suggests the Sultan Of Surly can still reap the benefit of performance enhancing drugs.

Barry Bonds’ alleged steroid regimen is laid out in the new book, “Game of Shadows.” Three of the drugs he’s alleged to have used still would go undetected by Major League Baseball’s newest steroid policy.

One year after Congress grilled them, MLB and the Players Association have a much tougher steroid policy, including a 50-game ban for first-time offenders. But an examination of a copy of the new program, obtained by The Post, shows several holes – including ones that could allow Bonds or others to continue a regimen of drug use.

“They’ve moved in the right direction,” said Dr. Gary Wadler, a steroid expert and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency. “But they’re still woefully short.”

The drugs Clomid and insulin are not covered by the new policy and Human Growth Hormone is not tested for.

Neither Clomid nor insulin is a steroid, but both are often used in conjunction with steroids and appear on the banned substance list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Clomid is a fertility drug taken by steroid users when they are coming off a cycle of steroids to jump-start their natural testosterone production. Insulin has become popular recently with steroid users for its anabolic effects.

Both drugs were part of Bonds’ steroids cocktail, according to “Game of Shadows.”

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