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MLB also ignored early in-house steroid warnings and expunged any acknowledgement of them from the Mitchell Report 12 years later, MLB also approved contracts that had had generic steroid clauses specifically deleted, MLB made personnel moves based on their knowledge of players being on or going off steroids, MLB held team seminars to teach players how to use steroids more safely, and MLB gave testimony before Congress that was more provably false than Rafael Palmeiro's was.
The Mitchell Report was a tactical effort to put space between MLB management and their history of actions and inactions, and it's pure suckerbait to accept it as a valid and sincere account. And I say this as someone who absolutely agrees that earlier steroid use was cheating. The difference between me and MLB is that it didn't take me more than a decade to figure that out.
Saw a presentation about the stats of HGH testing (it didn't seem very effective) and he included a brief intro on WADA regulations. He said a substance had to meet two of three criteria:
1) It had to be proven to be performance-enhancing
2) It has to be proven to be harmful
3) It has to violate the spirit of competition (or something like that)
He also claimed (this was news to me) that caffeine was listed by WADA at some point
MLB also approved contracts that had had generic steroid clauses specifically deleted
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