Posted January 10, 2013

MLB and players union agree to random in-season HGH testing

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MLB commissioner Bud Selig will announce the decision to begin in-season testing of HGH. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Baseball will expand its drug-testing program to include in-season testing for human growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone, according to the New York Times. The league and players union reached a deal which is expected to be officially announced on Thursday during the owners meetings.

Random, unannounced tests will begin this season, and punishments will be the same as those for steroids: a 50-game suspension for the first positive test, a 100-game suspension for the second positive test and a lifetime ban after a third positive test.

MLB agreed to begin testing for HGH in November 2011 but only in spring training and the offseason; there were concerns that player performance would be affected by blood tests before or after regular season games.

The new agreement also includes a new testing procedure for testosterone — establishing baseline levels of the substance in players and citing them for a positive test if there is a substantially higher amount in their system.


6 comments
stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

About time.  And what about the NFL???  You know at least 50% of NFL players are on some kind of juice!

murky
murky

WOW!!   

As an engineer for a large corporation, I am forced to do what I need to do to stay on top of my game.  Unfortunately, some of the things are not that great for my body.  Yes, 60-80 hour weeks, tons of coffee (or caffeine), late nights and weekend of work with very little healthy sleep.  Bad food.  Growing belly and little time to exercise.  But…..it is what I need to do.  With younger folks coming in with schooling on the new technology and super bright, I have to do what I need to do to keep my job.  My employer says “work life balance” but it is only what they say but when review time comes, I better have some significant projects under my belt.  Do I need to talk about this recession and the millions in  line to collect unemployment?   So I could quite, leave my job (sport), and do something less stressful…..like food service or something that didn’t require me to check in past my schedule time.  Say damn the money and lifestyle that I have become accustomed to. 

 

So….these guys did some things to stay on top of their game.  They made the choice.  They were all adults.  For us as fans, to say, “Shame on you”, is hypocritical.  We fans are the employers (we buy the tickets, the gear, etc), as well as the MBL.  We are just as guilty of pushing them to do what they needed to do to stay on top of their game, stay popular, and sell tickets.  If they didn’t, we would have been bored and found someone else to obsess on, someone else’s gear to buy.  Who cares if they use HGH and why?  Are they cheating?  Okay.  So what?  So is the brown noser in your office.  It’s your choice to become one too

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @murky Because under your philosophy everybody has to cheat and some guys would not rather take the health risk.  That's the same argument Lance Armstrong apologists have used, I assume you are probably one too, but even if but ONE guy wants to compete fairly then by God that is what the rules should be.  HORRIBLE line of reasoning IMO.

Ty2
Ty2

Who cares? Not me.

Whatever
Whatever like.author.displayName 1 Like

Hello, NFL?

 

Hello?

 

Anybody there?

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @Whatever Their hand is going to be forced soon enough IMO.  Lot of users there you can bet and the NAIVE are going to be in denial and then shocked again.