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Angels host 250 kids at PLAY Campaign event

wo hundred and fifty boys and girls, ranging from 8-18 years old, took the field at Angel Stadium on Saturday morning as part of the 2018 National PLAY Campaign, an initiative meant to promote the importance of children living a healthy and active lifestyle.

The participants rotated between stations to practice a wide range of baseball skills — including hitting, catching and pitching — and received tips from Angels right-handers Justin Anderson and Alex Meyer, as well as infielder David Fletcher.… Continue Reading...

Parent Confessions: I Didn’t Understand the Seriousness of my Son’s Steroid Use

As published in Little League Baseball’s newsletter:

We are a baseball family. I played Little League Baseball® and so did both of my boys. Our oldest son went on the play collegiate baseball and was scouted by several Major League teams, and was Taylor’s idol. Like his older brother, Taylor played Little League and then played on his high school team.  He was a very talented player, and had dreams of pitching in college and one day playing in the pros.Continue Reading...

Elvis Andrus (Rangers) promotes healthy lifestyle to youth

ARLINGTON — The 50 or so prep baseball players who showed up at Globe Life Park on Saturday morning got a crash course in doing things the right way as part of the National PLAY Campaign to promote the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

The main message they got from the likes of Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, head trainer Kevin Harmon and Don Hooton, whose son Taylor committed suicide after using anabolic steroids, was there are no shortcuts to success in baseball.… Continue Reading...

Hooton Foundation honors Sale, Pedroia

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and left-hander Chris Sale were presented with canvas prints of their 2018 “It’s All Me” public service ad for the Taylor Hooton Foundation prior to Wednesday’s game against the Twins at JetBlue Park.

Taylor Hooton Foundation President Donald Hooton Jr. and Red Sox conditioning coach Kiyoshi Momose made the presentation.… Continue Reading...

Joe Morgan pens letter to all Hall of Fame voters: Steroid users don’t belong

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The Baseball Hall of Fame never has issued a clear statement about how voters should handle the steroids issue, until now.

Hall of Fame second baseman and Hall vice chairman Joe Morgan sent an impassioned emailed letter through the Hall to every eligible voter from the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday, the day after the 2018 ballot was released, imploring them that “steroid users don’t belong” in Cooperstown.… Continue Reading...

8th Annual Yankees Fundraiser for THF

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Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman will assist the Taylor Hooton Foundation in its crusade against steroid abuse at the Eighth Annual “Give-A-Hoot” Benefit – presented by First Choice Bank – at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, August 27, when the Yankees host the Seattle Mariners.

Cashman, the first GM to win four World Series titles since the Dodgers’ Buzzie Bavasi in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, will participate in an exclusive pregame question-and-answer session with guests.… Continue Reading...

Book Review: Suicide Squeeze

Book Review:  by Leaderature

Official Title – Suicide Squeeze: Taylor Hooton, Rob Garibaldi, and the Fight against Teenage Steroid Abuse

Genre – Non-Fiction

Book Length – ​254 pages

Reading Time – ​6.5 hours

Style/ Plot – ​When I picked this book up, I initially thought it was just about baseball.

It is about baseball and the use of banned substances aka doping or juicing.… Continue Reading...

Review of “Suicide Squeeze”

By:  The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books

Title/Author:
“Suicide Squeeze: Taylor Hooton, Rob Garibaldi and the Fight Against Teenage Steroid Abuse” by William C. Kashatus
 
Tags:
Baseball, high school, college, youth sports, USC, performance enhancing drugs
 
Publish date:
January 23, 2017
 
Length:
256 pages
 
Rating: 
4 of 5 stars (Very good)

It’s hard to believe it was nearly 12 years ago that several major league baseball players were called before Congress to testify about the use of steroids and none of them (Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmiero and Jose Canseco) had much to say that was helpful.  However, parents of two young men who committed suicide after abusing steroids chasing their baseball dreams did present powerful testimony.  The stories of those two young men whose lives ended far too soon are the subject of “Suicide Squeeze written by William C.… Continue Reading...

Orioles host PLAY campaign event

Orioles host PLAY campaign event

BALTIMORE — As about 70 kids took their seats near the third-base line at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Tuesday morning, Donald Hooton, Jr. stood in front of them wearing a blue T-shirt that read “ALL ME. PED FREE.” 

The president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which educates children about the dangers of anabolic steroids, warned the youngsters about the dangers of those banned substances before the kids hit the field for a workout.

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Red Sox host PLAY event at Fenway Park

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National PLAY Campaign’s stop at Fenway Park on Tuesday helped spread a message about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to a group of more than 30 boys and girls.

Video:  http://m.redsox.mlb.com/news/article/245777512/play-campaign-comes-to-fenway-park 

The PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) Campaign is the first program in professional sports to include children with disabilities, and Tuesday’s event represented the National Down Syndrome Society with support from the Ruderman Family Foundation.

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