"The name of the game is pitching and defense."
"The name of the game is runs."
—Anaheim Angels designated hitter Ricky Henderson.
"The name of the game is breaking up rhythm."
—Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn.
"Starting pitching is the name of the game."
—Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.
"The name of the game [is the] bullpen."
—San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker.
"The name of the game is consistency."
—Seattle Mariners reliever Heathcliff Slocumb.
"The name of the game is you're a Yankee."
—New York Yankees pitching coordinator Billy Connors.
Middle-distance runner Mary Slaney, banned from competition in May after a urine sample she provided at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials revealed a suspiciously high ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone, last week moved a step closer to having her name cleared. A three-member panel convened by USA Track & Field (USATF) to investigate the Slaney case issued a one-sentence statement exonerating Slaney. As of Monday, Ann Breen-Greco, the panel's chairwoman, had not yet explained that decision, but it seems that the case against Slaney has been unraveling for some time. Says Slaney's attorney, Duke law professor Doriane Lambelet Coleman, "[USATF officials] acknowledged in June that they no longer thought she'd taken testosterone."
Still, the case against Slaney raises questions about testosterone testing for women. Of all performance-enhancing substances, naturally occurring ones like testosterone are the trickiest to evaluate because, unlike anabolic steroids, they are naturally present in the body. To test for abuse, scientists check the ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone, another naturally occurring substance. The International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF), track and field's world governing body, has set a 6-to-1 t/e ratio as the threshold for suspicion.