November 14, 2003

"There must be a lot of stupid baseball players."

POST #    567

"There must be a lot of stupid baseball players."
- Dr. Charles Yesalis - Penn State University expert on steroids steroid expert.

Major League Baseball released the results of their 2003 steroid testing yesterday, and to the surprise of some people, there were more than 5% of the players that tested positive. Under the labor agreement that the players and owners just signed, after a season of 5% or more, testing with penalties starts.

This season, there were 1,198 players tested in spring training and 240 tested at random during the season. Of the 1,438 players tested, 5-7% of them tested positive. They disagree on how to interpret the results, hence the range in the percentage.

Dr. Gary I. Wadler equated failing the drug test to failing an IQ test. The players were told that they should expect testing during spring training, giving them enough time to shoot up during the off season and add muscle mass before cleansing their systems before spring training.

For those of you that don't know about baseball's drug testing rules, you may be scratching your head and asking, "why do they get to know when they are tested ahead of time?" Well, that's because the testing policy called for testing of everyone before the season followed with few random tests during the season. This is different from the NFL, the NBA, and the NCAA, which ban the use of several drugs and test at random. Steroids in baseball aren't technically banned, just "tested" for. For the next two seasons, there will be stricter testing, with mandatory random testing starting in spring training. Nice of the players union to allow their members juice during the off season.

As a fan, it is clear that are some players are on some performance enhancing drug. Sure it could just be dietary supplements and hard work, but you don’t go from hitting 10 home runs one season to hitting 50 the next. You don't go from being a skinny and fast outfielder that steals bases like it's your job to a hulking and slow outfielder with a huge head that hits home runs like it's your job without some kind of help, do you? Whether it's steroids, ephedra, human growth hormone, or the designer steroid THG (tetrahydrogestrinone), performance enhancing drugs can't be in sports. It ruins the game. I can't imagine any fan would disagree with that. While we love seeing home runs, we don't want players that cheat to hit those home runs (even though baseball doesn't consider drugs cheating). Screw the players union view that drug testing is an invasion of their privacy, employers make their employees test for drugs all the time in the real world, I don't see how baseball players should be any different.

- ESPN coverage
- NY Times coverage
- Major League Baseball's press release
- The Commissioner's Statement

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 10:36 AM



Dr. Charles Yesalis is a Penn State University expert who is on steroids?

Posted by: rachelleb at November 14, 2003 11:39 AM

steroid expert...

Posted by: tien at November 14, 2003 12:21 PM

lol! Damn, she got you on that one! So not only is she a beautiful web developer, but she'll call you on improper prepositional objects... Now how many women like that can you find out there?

Posted by: joe at November 15, 2003 12:59 AM

good point joe. it sounded right when i typed it. oh well. then again, a lot of things sound righ when i type them.

Posted by: tien at November 15, 2003 10:47 AM

:: blushing ::

Posted by: rachelleb at November 15, 2003 9:27 PM

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