(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

 

The MLB is trying to make sure baseball and performance-enhancing drugs are linked in the headlines a little less often.

In an agreement reached with the Major League Baseball Players Association, the MLB will begin random, unannounced blood testing for human growth hormone in all of its players at least once during the 2013 season. The MLB will also implement a new strengthened test for testosterone. (Video via MLB)

Punishments for violations will be the same as those for steroids -- a 50 game suspension for the first positive test, a 100 game suspension for the second, and a lifetime ban from the game for a third. (Video via YouTube/Bay Area Sports Network)

That’s a hefty chunk of the 162 game season.  

This news comes as the most recent Hall of Fame vote saw steroid use cost players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens their entry.

Of that decision, CBS sports correspondent John Heymen writes:

"The gray area is vast, and covered in muck, and there is no question some who secretly juiced eventually will pass through the gates of  Cooperstown while others are barred on circumstantial evidence.”

The MLB banned HGH in 2005. In a 2011 collective bargaining agreement, players agreed to HGH testing but only during spring training and the off season.

But the decision to regularly test players during the in-season has a writer for Yahoo Sports saying,

“Most players have done nothing to arouse suspicion but all of them will have their bloodstream invaded so a handful of morally superior folks can feel better about the players doing drugs, or not doing them.”

The decision makes MLB the first major sports league in the U.S. to test for HGH.  

 

MLB to Expand Drug Program, Test for HGH

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Jan 10, 2013

MLB to Expand Drug Program, Test for HGH

 

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

 

The MLB is trying to make sure baseball and performance-enhancing drugs are linked in the headlines a little less often.

In an agreement reached with the Major League Baseball Players Association, the MLB will begin random, unannounced blood testing for human growth hormone in all of its players at least once during the 2013 season. The MLB will also implement a new strengthened test for testosterone. (Video via MLB)

Punishments for violations will be the same as those for steroids -- a 50 game suspension for the first positive test, a 100 game suspension for the second, and a lifetime ban from the game for a third. (Video via YouTube/Bay Area Sports Network)

That’s a hefty chunk of the 162 game season.  

This news comes as the most recent Hall of Fame vote saw steroid use cost players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens their entry.

Of that decision, CBS sports correspondent John Heymen writes:

"The gray area is vast, and covered in muck, and there is no question some who secretly juiced eventually will pass through the gates of  Cooperstown while others are barred on circumstantial evidence.”

The MLB banned HGH in 2005. In a 2011 collective bargaining agreement, players agreed to HGH testing but only during spring training and the off season.

But the decision to regularly test players during the in-season has a writer for Yahoo Sports saying,

“Most players have done nothing to arouse suspicion but all of them will have their bloodstream invaded so a handful of morally superior folks can feel better about the players doing drugs, or not doing them.”

The decision makes MLB the first major sports league in the U.S. to test for HGH.  

 

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