Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig have said that they will take a look at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s new human growth hormone blood test that has been implemented in competition. Selig said that his science adviser will study the test, but gave no time-frame as to when results could be expected.
Selig addressed the issue on Thursday afternoon with The Associated Press Sports Editors.
He stated that Dr. Gary Green of UCLA is the science adviser, and has not made any conclusions yet.
“As soon as Dr. Green has finished his study on things, believe me, I’m most anxious to move forward,” Selig stated. “One can debate what HGH does or doesn’t do. It needs to be banned.”
HGH is a banned substance in MLB, but currently the sport does not have a test for it.
The Players Union in baseball has been on record saying that if the testing works, they would in all likelihood implement it.
The commissioner stated that if the test is found to be valid, it would first be put into effect at the minor league level.
Selig has been very proactive in his determination about eliminating the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, with the prevalence still not fully known.
“The answer is we really don’t know,” Selig remarked. “Most think it’s relatively low, but they really don’t know.”
This comes with the recent suspension of former All-Star pitcher Edinson Volquez of the Cincinnati Reds, who received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.
“The only thing that it proves is our program is working,” Selig stated. “We do a lot of education. We’ll do more.”
Also on the agenda at the annual meeting was the increase in advanced ticket sales. Selig stated that total attendance is down 2 percent, but advanced sales for tickets are up 7 percent.
“It doesn’t overly bother me,” he said. “Some clubs it depends on winning and losing. But it’s April, schools are still in, weekday games. When you are within 1 or 2 percent, it just doesn’t add anything to get concerned about.”
As the young baseball season continues, the team’s in last year’s World Series match up continue to headline the betting favorites to win the 2010 World Series on Online Sportsbooks, as the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Philles.