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South Korea comes up with a novel (and bad) drug testing plan

Sep 8, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

This is the logical conclusion of allowing statistics and records determine how outraged we should be about PEDs:

South Korean baseball officials could introduce drastic
anti-doping protocols next year with a plan to target specific players
for drug tests.

The Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) said players who showed marked
statistical improvement would be targeted in a clampdown on drug
cheats, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday . . . League officials said they would begin examining the new testing
procedures at the end of the season with players exceeding their career
averages set to be selected for testing.

We could call it the Norm Cash or the Zolio Versalles Rule.

For what it’s worth, I’m struck by the notion that the vast majority of PED users mentioned in the Mitchell Report and those caught by subsequent testing protocols kind of, you know, sucked. So I can’t see that such a testing procedure ever would have worked all that well here.

(link via BTF)

  1. Tony A - Sep 8, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Now THAT’s funny (and pathetic)…

  2. Loren - Sep 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    But no one cares if sucky players use PEDs!
    Seriously, and I’m not defending the Korean policy here, but fans will only get upset and shouty when great players use PEDs.
    Part of the sports viewing experience is the desire to witness greatness, the truly elite players in the world. When we learn (or are led to believe) that something we thought was truly special was not, we feel cheated and demand vengeance.
    JoePoz thinks it’s all about the home runs,
    http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlog/2010/08/30/obviopiphany/
    but I think it’s about feeling that we’ve witnessed something special, then having that feeling taken away.

  3. BC - Sep 8, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    So the message is… if you’re going to use PED’s, make sure you suck.

  4. Giant Space Ants - Sep 8, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Or you could already be super awesome, and just make sure not to get any more awesomer- just don’t exceed your career averages.

  5. quint - Sep 8, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    It isn’t bad as a part of random testing, the Olympics test every medel winner as well as random testing.
    Some people take the chance they can get through random testing, so if you take it to improve and you do, you know you will be tested.

  6. mcsnide - Sep 8, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    The players who suck get caught because if they didn’t suck they could afford to buy the untraceable good stuff.

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