MLB will begin random in-season HGH testing in 2013

MLB is stepping it up a notch in their battle against PEDs

1/10/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Bud Selig in attendance before the opening day game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsAccording to Jon Heyman of CBS, Major League Baseball will begin in-season testing for HGH this year.

They are the first major American sports league to do so.

The testing will be random and unannounced.

This is a huge step for MLB. After years of virtually ignoring performance enhancing drugs altogether, they're now cracking down on them to an unprecedented level.

HGH is thought to help players recover faster from injuries, but is also used with the belief that it helps their daily endurance and decrease the effects of the daily grind of a 162-game season.

Some people also believe that HGH can reduce fat and increase lean muscle mass, but that hasn't been proven.

We'll see if certain players' performance takes a dip once testing begins, or if anyone gets caught this year.

Do you think this was a good move by Major League Baseball?
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1/11/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Meh. I just hope people will not freak out when there's more positive tests, since it stands to reason that more testing will equal more positives.

1/10/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

I imagine this is all OK with the MLBPA.  Owners can't do anything without their approval.

It's fine that they test.  Although from my perspective MLB has 100 issues to deal with and players using banned substances is not among the highest issues on the list...

1/10/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17673 respect

But doesn't the rules of baseball state that you have to fail double digit drugs test before you are punished for it?

1/10/13   |   SusanVette   |   8788 respect

Yes, a good idea. The first to do so, and I hope many will follow.