Thursday, March 5, 2009

The World Baseball Classic Doesn’t Test Blood for HGH? Here We Go Again

Major League Baseball turned a blind eye for two decades in regards to the rampant use of steroids and other performance enhancers across their sport.

Bud Selig has pretended time and time again that he has never been involved in covering up the issue.

He relishes the fact that he “has been more proactive than the other professional sports leagues”. Selig forgets to confess his policies are nothing more than a front.

Major League Baseball tests for what is easiest to mask, and refuses to expand testing to include substances that cannot currently turn up positive.

Anyone with a competent thought process is aware of MLB’s extensive HGH abuse. Multiple superstars have already been uncovered, yet no testing is in place.

The player’s union would not allow periodic blood tests to be added to the next collective bargaining agreement. They would most likely strike before such a process was implemented.

However, Selig and MLB finally had a way to make amends. It is referred to as The World Baseball Classic.

An Olympic-style competition among 16 countries, the WBC creates a perfect outlet for increased testing policies.

The player’s association and MLB had already agreed to subject every competing athlete to a drug screening through blood samples.

They knew that a blood sample would help to detect many more sources of performance enhancers, especially when implementing an Olympic format.

A voluntary international competition was the perfect opportunity to test for HGH. Players with nothing to hide could join one of the 16 rosters and prove they were clean.

Those who backed out would have to answer for it, especially if their inclusion in the tournament was supported by their franchise and the player had no recent injury history.

I understand the hurdles that exist in making sure HGH testing is included in any professional baseball tournament, but this is by far the best chance.

If Major League Baseball wants to vindicate itself and its players of the “PED Era,” they need to make sure no one is using the most undetectable and widely used drug in the league.

If Selig does not start to clean up his sport, as opposed to pretending that he is, this will never go away.

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