A day after suspected performance-enhancing drug use led to nobody being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame for only the eighth time since 1936, Major League Baseball came out with something of a big announcement.
Beginning this year, MLB will implement in-season blood-testing for human growth hormone and testosterone. Last season several notable names got lengthy suspensions after they tested positive for elevated testosterone, and most baseball analysts believe that those folks are only the tip of the iceberg. While both HGH and testosterone testing has been going on for several years now, the ease with which both are masked coupled with the infrequency of testing has led to relatively few guys getting caught.
"This agreement addresses critical drug issues and symbolizes Major League Baseball's continued vigilance against synthetic human growth hormone, testosterone and other performance-enhancing substances," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.
"I am proud that our system allows us to adapt to the many evolving issues associated with the science and technology of drug testing. We will continue to do everything we can to maintain a leadership stature in anti-doping efforts in the years ahead."
In response to Selig’s statement, Michael Weiner (the executive director of the players union) said this:
"Players want a program that is tough, scientifically accurate, backed by the latest proven scientific methods, and fair; I believe these changes firmly support the players' desires while protecting their legal rights."
Selig, for his part, seemed to recognize that Weiner and the players union were making an effort.
"Michael Weiner and the union deserve credit," Selig said. "Way back when they were having a lot of problems I didn't give them credit, but they do."
(Kudos Los Angeles Times)