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 naïveté is their payers’ heads.