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Thursday, January 10, 2013
As Sheehan said…“HGH testing? May as well test for Pez for all HGH does”
The expansion of baseball’s drug-testing program puts the sport substantially ahead of the National Football League, which still does not test for H.G.H. and does not have a comparable testosterone test. The N.F.L. and its players union said in 2011 that they had agreed to blood-testing for H.G.H., but since then the union has expressed reservations and no testing protocol has been established.
The new testing in baseball will allow Commissioner Bud Selig to again argue that his sport, which was faulted for initially moving far too slowly to address the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, now has the toughest testing program of any of the professional leagues in North America.
The expanded testing also comes on the heels of an awkward moment for baseball — the announcement on Wednesday that no players on the 2013 ballot for the Hall of Fame had received the 75 percent support needed to gain induction. The hundreds of baseball writers who cast ballots rejected the first-time candidacies of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens because of their direct links to performance-enhancers, underlining the lingering damage that the issue of drugs is inflicting on the sport.
Posted: January 10, 2013 at 01:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
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