With yesterday’s ground-breaking suspensions, Bud Selig would like you to believe that Major League Baseball is really cracking down on PED use and the game will soon be totally clean. There’s one problem with that line of thought, though: 12 of the 14 players who were given 50-game suspensions didn’t fail a drug test. This, even after MLB has boasted about how advanced their testing is—especially for Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Not advanced enough, apparently.
Not even Alex Rodriguez, who appears to be a huge user of PEDs has failed a drug test since 2003. So if he’s so doped up, how is that possible? It’s pretty obvious that many players know how to avoid positive drug tests—at least for some PEDs.
So what is MLB hanging their hat on? That other low-life owners of drug clinics like Tony Bosch of Biogenesis are going to cooperate and tell MLB everything they know?
The fact of the matter is, while PED use might not be as rampant as it once was, as long as players can figure out a way to stay one step ahead of the latest drug test, the thought that MLB is getting this issue under control is a canard. Come talk to me when the players can’t beat an HGH test. But I won’t hold my breath.