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Thursday, April 03, 2014

MLB toughens drug agreement provisions

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Major League Baseball and the players union, alarmed over findings in the Biogenesis case last summer, ratified an agreement Friday to strengthen their drug testing program in hopes of eradicating performance-enhancing drugs from the game.

Baseball not only stiffened its drug penalties, but for the first time will use the expensive Carbon Isotope Mass Spectrometry (IRMS), with at least one specimen from every player. The test, which costs about $400 per person, was previously used only on a random basis, usually as a result of an elevated reading of the player’s longitudinal profiling program. The IRMS test is designed to detect anyone who uses performance-enhancing drugs within a two-week period, instead of only being detected within a 24-hour period.

MLB players will also be required to submit to two urine samples during the season, an increase from 1,400 to 3,200 overall. There also will be 400 random blood collections used to detect human growth hormone in addition to the 1,200 mandatory tests during spring training.

I’m sure all our enablers were fuming when this went down, but that’s too bad.  Whether you like it or not, the overwhelming majority of players want to clean up the game now.

Joey B. Posted: April 03, 2014 at 07:23 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: drugs, steroids

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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: April 03, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4678892)
As soon as someone gets suspended:

"MLB's drug policy is a joke, they need to stiffen the penalties."
   2. dr. scott Posted: April 03, 2014 at 08:45 PM (#4678905)
ratified an agreement Friday to strengthen their drug testing program in hopes of eradicating performance-enhancing drugs from the game.


I hope there is no one who actually hopes they can eradicate PED's. As that would of course be impossible. This program is nowhere near as encompassing as the cycling tests, and lots of those guys are still not getting caught, so eradication is basically impossible. But it should lower the amount of PED's in baseball, and its good to see this coming from the players rather than to the players.
   3. Joey B. Posted: April 04, 2014 at 10:00 AM (#4679097)
Personally, I love the fact that busted 'roiders are going to be ineligible for the postseason. Now, teams are going to really have to think long and hard about whether they want to sign these guys and put their faith in them that they can be counted on when they're needed most.
   4. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: April 04, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4679182)
I love it when the JDA is strengthened, and I think the fact that the players are spearheading it makes for GREAT optics and speaks to the turnaround in the game.

I think it's important to note that the mainstream MLB PED narrative has changed, finally: MLB is tough on drugs, had a problem, has largely cleaned it up, and (it's always brought up) is way better on this issue than the NFL. A standard talking point on MLB is "the toughest testing in pro sports", which is true on this continent. I imagine that if MLB can keep up the good work for another decade or so, the steroid storm cloud should finally start to dissipate.
   5. boteman Posted: April 05, 2014 at 12:23 AM (#4679775)
Curious that approaching Opening Day I did a little historical reminiscing and I encountered a handful of remarks scattered over the last 8-10 years stating essentially, "Now that the steroid era is over..."

The steroid era has been over so many times, and yet it just won't go away.

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