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Monday, November 09, 2020

MLB barely tested for PEDs this season

Testing for performance-enhancing drugs was not done during MLB’s lockdown period and its frequency was down considerably — though it was not absent — during the 60 regular-season games and the postseason in 2020, The Post has learned.

MLB and the Players Association partner on a joint drug prevention and treatment program. The agreement calls for use of a Montreal lab, certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency, for testing. But that lab was closed for much of the period from mid-March through early July in which MLB also did not operate, so there was no testing during that time. Additionally, in some jurisdictions there was difficulty with the protocol due to COVID-19 restrictions, such as sample collectors not being deemed essential personnel, sources said….

“The most obvious reason I can see for not making this information public or available to players is that it would become ripe for abuse if it was known ahead of time,” Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller, a member of the union’s executive subcommittee, wrote in an email. “I will say that by the end [of the season] it was pretty clear [that PED testing was down].”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2020 at 05:03 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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