Baseball's Drug Policy Takes Hit
Breaking news: Major League’s Baseball’s drug-testing policy is a joke. OK, so it’s not exactly, groundbreaking, earth-shattering news, but it’s worse than you think. Apparently, the league’s “random, unannounced” drug tests aren’t so unannounced after all. In fact, they’re completely announced, as loudly and as clearly as [Al Gore’s message] that the world is crumbling and Armageddon is here.
According to multiple sources, [testers call teams] one day or more in advance in search of stadium and parking passes. One official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said his team finds out about testing nearly two days ahead of a visit. Another said trainers are often informed the morning of the tests and begin setting up in the clubhouse. Upon hearing this, experts said that players using a cream-based steroid or a patch can cheat the system with just a few hours notice. “As soon as you know you are going to be tested, you rip off the patch and take a shower and urinate, and in an hour or two you will get numbers down real fast,” said Don Catlin, the founder of the Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles.
This report only further proves that baseball has been complicit in their steroids scandal. They’ll tell you they don’t know if teams are informing their players that drug testers are coming, just like they didn’t know that Sammy Sosa was taking steroids even though he transformed from an emaciated, Dominican farmhand into the Incredible Hulk in one season. But if that’s true, the only thing larger than the MLB’s naďveté is their payers’ heads.
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