Baseball stops testing players for PEDs and other drugs due to MLB lockdown

In another example of why Major League Baseball has started to become more and more infuriating than entertaining, it has been revealed that baseball is no longer testing its players for steroids and other drugs just weeks after the greats of all time Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have been refused entry to Cooperstown due to their alleged ties to DCs.

As first reported by The Associated Press, the agreement between MLB and MLBPA on baseball’s joint drug program ended when the five-year employment contract between the two parties ended in early December and the ongoing lockdown began. Although no public announcement has been made, drug testing in MLB is not happening for the first time in nearly 20 years.

“This should be a major concern for anyone who values ​​fair play,” said Travis Tygart, chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency. PA Monday. “If it’s just about accepting, you would have hoped they could have figured that out, so that when the game restarts you don’t have questions hanging over individual players based on size, speed, batting percentage, home runs, whatever it is that people are going to question again.

With the agreed joint drug program in place, MLB and the union conducted 47,973 tests from 2017-21, including 7,327 during the multiple offseasons. Now, with no agreement in place, it’s open season for players to try using PEDs before a new drug testing program is put into action.

“You could easily do what cyclists did even in a good test program, which was to microdose testosterone,” Tygart said. “You can do testosterone gels or oral pills that might be out of your system and you can do more in maybe weeks.”

In a related story, 258 NFL players, including at least one from every league team and every position on the field, have been suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and related substances since 2001, including at least 82 times during of the past five years. , according to a newly released database compiled by USA TODAY Sports.

“I’ve argued for years that drugs add to entertainment, because what you pay dearly to see are larger-than-life people doing larger-than-life stuff,” said expert Charles Yesalis. a longtime veteran of performance-enhancing drugs at Penn. State, told the publication. “And if you’re not, then heck, watch a high school football game instead.”

Give this gentleman a Hall of Fame vote for Cooperstown.

Neal T. Doss