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Former BALCO founder Victor Conte says Melky Cabrera is not alone in steroid use

08.16.12 at 12:10 pm ET
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On the day Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for steroids, the former BALCO founder Victor Conte revealed some potentially damaging news for baseball.

“I’m not going to name names,” Conte said, “but I’ve talked to a lot of top players in Major League Baseball, and they tell me this is what they’re doing. There is rampant use of synthetic testosterone in Major League Baseball.”

Conte was involved in the 2002 BALCO scandal that included the likes of Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Marion Jones who all were cited for performance-enhancing drugs.

“I would say,” Conte said, “maybe as much as half of baseball [uses performance enhancers.]”

Major League Baseball stepped up its enforcement of its substance abuse policy along with attempting to prevent future cases by adopting the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in 2006. They also completely dismissed Conte’s claim.

“There is no way that Victor Conte would have information that would allow him to have any basis on that,” MLB vice president Rob Manfred told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s just making that up. It’s a guess.

Cabrera was suspended on Thursday for 50 games after failing a substance-abuse test, he is hitting .346.

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