A Major League Loss

Baseball may ban ephedra after a pitcher's death. But the move to penalize the herb may be premature

Steven Bechler wasn't a great pitcher, but he may change baseball forever. Bechler, 23, fell ill Feb. 16 during a workout at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in Florida, where he was hoping to be picked up for a second season by the Baltimore Orioles. The next morning he died of complications from heatstroke. The story may have ended there--a private tragedy for Bechler's family, including his pregnant wife. But Dr. Joshua Perper, the medical examiner who autopsied Bechler, used the righthander's death to call for a crusade. After finding a weight-loss supplement in Bechler's stomach, Perper held a press conference and urged...

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