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Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report Hardcover – January 27, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press; First Edition edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630569
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kirk Radomski worked in the New York Mets clubhouse for a decade. In 2007, the Mitchell Report on steroids in baseball drew heavily from his testimony in revealing the names of players who took performance-enhancing drugs.

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Great read for all baseball fans.
L. LeClair
As a fan to have these experiences would be amazing but this jerk used it as a way to hurt baseball, justify his own drug use and boost his already huge ego.
Because he did ask me to buy for his birthday and told me it is a good book to read.
Thomas Spruck

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Ezra on March 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For anyone seriously interested in baseball's steroid situation, this is essential reading. To be sure, the book has its flaws, including the author's frequent reminders of his many self-perceived good qualities. As we might expect from a person who made it his life to serve professional athletes, Radomski seems to think he was important because he spent time with big name athletes who made a lot of money. And like other "trainers," Radomski seems to want a lot of credit for what "his guys" accomplished on the field.

But the flaws are easily tolerated, and what cannot be ignored is the way this book pushes the debate on steroids and human growth hormone. Like Jose Canseco, Radomski sees the substances so many have harshly condemned as things that enhanced player health. According to Radomski, Senator Mitchell was surprised that he "continued to defend the use of steroids and growth by baseball players."

While stories about Radomski's relationships with various athletes probably fill too many pages, here's a very knowledgeable user and observer who says "growth hormones increased a player's healing ability." He says that although HGH doesn't "build muscle like steroids," it allowed athletes to "play at the peak of their abilities every day without enhancing their performance." Radomski sees HGH as something that let's the body heal more quickly than normal. Since "growth hormones promote healing while cortisone simply reduces pain," Radomski can't help but wonder why HGH is still illegal.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rick Shaq Goldstein on January 28, 2009
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Kirk Radomski is a former New York Mets clubhouse boy who grew from a fifteen-year-old gopher... for multi-million dollar Major League ballplayers... doing everything from picking up dirty, sweaty, jocks... to picking up bats and balls... to sweeping up the sloppy aftermath of spoiled ballplayers post-game messes... and eventually graduated to become one of the main figures in Senator George Mitchell's campaign to expose and "clean-up"... the awful... illegal... drug problem... that has stained... and tarnished... the grand-old-game-of-baseball. On April 26, 2007 Radomski "signed a plea agreement with the U.S. attorney in San Francisco, pleading guilty to one count of distribution of anabolic steroids and one count of money laundering." The author admits wholeheartedly without even a stammer... or an excuse... that he was definitely guilty. And in addition to the illegal drugs... Radomski admits his involvement with illegal "corked" bats... and twice providing Doc Gooden with his own urine... to pass baseball drug tests. And it's from this point... that this story is told.

I am an "old-school" baseball fan... and like most true fans... am mad at what has been done to the reputation of the game that was part of almost every American boy's youthful dreams. Though this story is told from a different perspective than the Canseco books... there is one distasteful trait that both authors have in common. They are both so egotistical about their "talents" and "expertise" in the use of steroids... human growth hormone (HGH)... and all the other illegally used drugs that have damaged the game... and sullied... the holiest... of holy... records. Where Canseco would brag that he was the pioneer of steroid use in baseball... the Godfather of steroids...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By yaztheman on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is must reading for anyone who really wants to get a complete understanding of the steroid/PED problem in baseball. Radomski, who had been in baseball for years, does an excellent job of explaining the game's culture that drove player after player to use PEDs. For players who always tried to keep up on whatever their peers were doing to help them perform better (look at all the players wearing those magnetic necklaces), it was virtually no different than getting the inside tip on a good tailor in each town. "Cheating" was not even part of the conversation. And Radomski lays out a good case why the baseball hierarchy -- from coaches, managers, and owners up to the commissioner -- all knew what was going on, but all kept quiet. He also correctly predicts the entire A-Rod saga, including A-Rod's rationale for using. After you read this book, you'll have no doubt the majority of MLB players did something, and many continue to use. (And why wouldn't anyone use HGH? MLB is not testing for it). For baseball fans, the book is ultimately disillusioning, but in my opinion better to know the real story. Not recommended for young impressionable idealistic fans.
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By Troy Modlin on December 3, 2009
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I enjoyed this book for many reasons. It gave some real insight into the state of the Baseball Players and the Major League Business of Baseball. It also hit me personally since I myself took legal supplements from GNC for nutritional purposes because I was a college baseball player myself. In fact the whole steroid era has been around since the late '80s. When I got to college in 1990 even the Athletic Training programs encouraged legal supplements which were later banned. Athletes do this to help improve themselves and trust their body's with so called experts. The U.S. Government FDA which allowed these supplements to be sold I feel should be put into the spot light more. Just to be clear, I am referring to the supposed legal precursor supplements to steriods. There is no question in my mind that steriods should be illegal and should be tested for. But as Kirk wrote, these Athletes were making millions of dollars and in order to maintain a leveling playing field and get a larger contract, they would do anything possible to improve their statistics.

This was an excellent book for baseball enthusiats who really want to get a fair history of the 1990's & 2000's. He does write too much on his so called expertise when it really was trial and error. He almost insinuates that he is in favor of steroids for athletes which I believe is wrong. The again, the real phillosphical question is what drugs or stimulants should be legal. Caffeine? Red Bull? Ripped Fuel? B-12? The FDA in my opinion helped cause this problem by relaxing it's restrictions on control of vitamins and supplements in the early 1990's.
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