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MLB, players agree to expanded drug testing

Jan 10, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

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Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have agreed to expand the drug testing program. Specifically, they have agreed to start in-season blood testing for human growth hormone and to implement a new test designed to better police testosterone use.

Previously, HGH testing — which requires blood draws — had been limited to spring training. Some players had voiced reservations about giving blood, say, before a game, but the objections were obviously dispensed with.

The new testosterone test is more interesting, as there has been a growing chorus of voices saying that more and more players have turned to testosterone as their PED of choice in recent years. Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon were suspended for using testosterone last season. Ryan Braun tested positive for testosterone at the end of the 2011 season, but had his suspension overturned on appeal.

The league is expected to formally announce these changes later today.

  1. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Perviously?

    • stfucraig - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      In all serious, Craig contiues to embarrass this website. They need to hire a proofreader for him.

      • stex52 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Why? You didn’t know what he was saying?

        Don’t be so 20th century.

      • philsieg - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        “In all serious”? Really? And you think Craig needs a proofreader. Are you nominating yourself?

      • braddavery - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        You spelled seriousness wrong. You are an embarrassment to hardballtalkers everywhere… I guess?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        You know….”perviously” is a word…..it means “open to arguments”. So you would have:

        (Open to argument), HGH testing — which requires blood draws — had been limited to spring training.

        But ahhhhh….what do I know compared to someone with your screen name :)

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I can’t wait for the day when a team of guys can run on the field and stop the game so they can draw someone’s blood and maybe get a liver biopsy for good measure after he hits a home run. Only then will the sanctity of this holy game return.

  3. illcomm - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    finally!!!!!!!!

  4. philsieg - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Wow, yesterday no one gets elected to the Hall and it’s largely attributed to suspicions about the “steroid era” and today we get a PR band-aid. Talk about coincidence.

    • witchrunner - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Also, did you notice that all those that were snubbed didn’t break any of the rules of the game. It seems to me that the baseball writers just need to declare that “we aren’t taking any more votes for another 15 years as we suspect everyone used and every year will be considered a year that potential candidates were vote down. I suppose that as part of that, the sportswriters should be required to PROVE that they were above reproach. It certainly isn’t fair that some drunken, drug using writer should be allowed to be hypocritical and vote someone out of the HOF when they were at least as unworthy of being entitled to vote.

  5. paperlions - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Well, thank goodness. Nothing can say “we are serious” better than a blood test that is only effective if someone used the target drug within 24 hrs and the drug has been shown to be totally useless at enhancing performance in health adults. What a waste of time that one is.

    • stex52 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      That’s why they need marijuana testing across the board. THC stays in the system forever. At least they’ll have something to show for it./ :-)

      • paperlions - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        I don’t know if I should give that a thumbs up or thumbs down. I know, I’ll submit a blank ballot.

      • gloccamorra - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        THC does not stay in the system forever but it does collect in hair. They can test by taking a lock of hair, but by the end of the season, you’ll have to explain to your son why all the ballplayers are bald.

      • stex52 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Okay, not forever. Incidentally detectable from noticing the odor about 72 hours. Detectable in urine about two weeks. Detectable in hair until you cut it.

        A long time.

  6. braddavery - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    That much closer to league-wide acceptance of PEDs! Bonds and Clemens should start writing their HOF speeches for next season.

  7. chill1184 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Gee how convenient /headdesk

  8. Lukehart80 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Am I wrong, or have studies shown that HGH doesn’t really have the kind of effects people once thought?

    • BigBeachBall - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      I’m 17 years old and I’m taking HGH right now, it’s about 2,000 dollars a month, but it’s a necessary cost if you want to fit in with the big boys…

  9. illcomm - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    paperlions. u really believe that hgh provides no benefit. if so, you’re just ignorant.

    • Kevin S. - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Really? Because he’s got pretty much every peer-reviewed study ever done on the subject on his side.

      • paperlions - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Yes, yes I do.

    • paperlions - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Ignorance is when you are uninformed.

      Willful ignorance is when you refuse to become informed.

      Reading the available literature on a subject and forming an opinion based on the best available data and the interpretation of that data by the worlds foremost medical experts….that is not ignorance.

      No one in the medial community has ever though HGH could do 1/2 the things that snake oil salesmen have claimed it could do, but they did the research to find out if it could just in case….and it can’t. In otherwise healthy, adults with normal GH levels, it does not add muscle mass, it does not improve strength, it does not slow or reverse aging (at any level, cellular or otherwise), and it does not speed recovery from injury or surgery.

    • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      illcomm: u really believe that craig has it in for u. you’re just ignorant.

      • indaburg - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        I am just impressed that he used the correct form of “you’re.”

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        True, but even a blind chicken finds corn once in awhile. Still, when that happens, I suppose we should congratulate the chicken.

        Way to go, chicken.

  10. number42is1 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    “Ryan Braun tested positive for testosterone at the end of the 2011 season, but had his suspension overturned on appeal.”

    Craig is wearing his trolling hat today

  11. stfucraig - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    In all seriousness, Craig contiues to embarrass hardballtalk. They need to hire a proofreader for him.

    • braddavery - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      You spelled continues wrong. You are an embarrassment to hardballtalkers everywhere… I guess?

      • stex52 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        I call TROLL.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Didn’t you post that comment perviously?

    • umrguy42 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      “In all seriousness, stfucraig continues to embarrass himself on HardBallTalk. They need to hire a proofreader for him.”

      Fixed that for you.

    • kirkvanhouten - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      I find it hilarious that you have twice posted to criticize Craig for misspelling a word and on both occasions, misspelled words in your post.

      Also, dude, it’s a spelling error. Get over it.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        I tried to tell him that perviously

  12. sdelmonte - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Funny that the drug of choice is so old school, and probably the easiest to find after decades of improved anti-doping testing. I haven’t looked into it, but I cant imagine there aren’t PEDs being created by the legitimate and shadow drug industries that are both harder to test for and more effective.

    Unless the PED industry is as reliant on old school methods as all those flu vaccines that use a method created in the 50s.

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