Juan Manuel Matos was the latest victim of the dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player in the city of Nizao, Peravia Dominican Republic. The community understands that excessive use of steroids ended his life. The baseball prospect died last Thursday when he started his baseball practice in a program that runs at the municipality of Sabana de Palenque, San Cristobal baseball field. Including Juan Manuel there are four prospects who have died in Nizao over the past 14 months, which has unleashed the community fury towards the use of banned substances, but so far the authorities have not offered an official version of the events.
Juan Manuel fell dizzy after walking from third base to the mound around 8:30 in the morning. Juan Manuel’s friend and team mate, Gabriel Garcia, said the young deceased had been injected with a substance that thought was B complex.
Relatives and friends of the young deceased clamored for an investigation into the cause of death. Juan Manuel was turning 16 years in May, which made it eligible for a contract this year because in the Dominican Republic you can sign a MLB contract if you turn 16 before July 2.
The grief of a mother
Juan Manuel was mourned yesterday in the house marked No. 94 at the Gastón Fernando Deligne Street. Every morning, the young man went from his house to a prospect program in the city of Nizao located in Palenque and his mother, Elisa Mercedes, recalls the moment when he left.
“I’m already dead. I’m on denial of my son’s death. I waved at him because I wanted to give him $10.00 pesos more because he only took $10.00, “said Mercedes, lost in a sea of tears.
The neighboring municipalities of Palenque, San Cristobal where it ends, and Nizao, which begins Peravia, represent the area with an increased production of major league players in recent years. The economic improvement of the players who have reached the major leagues, creates an illusion of wealth that attracts families and inexperienced coaches.
The family of Juan Manuel calls for an investigation to clarify his death. Yesterday a necropsy was performed on Juan Manuel’s body.
His parents said that Juan Manuel’s coach always denied that he would have injected a steroid.
Pedro Matos, father of Juan Manuel, hopes the death of his firstborn was not related to banned substances.
Young Haitian origin who also lost his life
they suspect of freely steroids abuse in the area. An example is the case of Roberto Perez, of Haitian background, who died a year ago after abusing Diamino, as recounted his brother Alexander. “The medical examiner told me that he died from injecting diamino. He was 18. He had an agreement to sign a contract on Monday and Friday fell into bed with a ball on the gluteus, where he was injected, “said Alexander.Social tagging: anabolic steroids > baseball > drugs > education > steroids