TheBaseballPage.com

MLB to begin blood testing for HGH (Steroids)

MLB to begin blood testing for HGH (Steroids)

MLB to begin blood testing for HGH (Steroids)

Major League Baseball’s owners and players are close to completing a new collective bargaining agreement that for the first time will include blood testing for human growth hormone, according to the NY Times. The testing will be a significant step for baseball, allowing it to move ahead of other professional sports leagues, including the N.F.L., in confronting the troublesome issue of a drug that has long evaded detection.

The bargaining agreement, which could be announced early next week, calls for blood testing to begin in February, when players report to spring training. Players who test positive will face a 50-game suspension, which will be the same as the first-time penalty for a positive steroid test.

Baseball will be the first of the major North American professional sports to do any type of blood testing for drugs among their unionized players. In 2010, baseball introduced blood testing for H.G.H. on minor league players because the step could be taken without the consent of the union.

 

By Tom Hannon
Saturday, 19 Nov 2011

 

More From Around the Web

Sponsored Links

Related Content

This day in baseball history

February 01

  • 1995

    On February 1, 1995, talks resume between the major league o ...

  • 1973

    On February 1, 1973, Monte Irvin is elected to the Hall of F ...

  • 1947

    On February 1, 1947, Commissioner A.B. “Happy” Chandler ...

More Baseball History

Player Profile

Marty McManus

3B, St. Louis Browns

Read Bio
Hall of Fame

George Davis

2B, Cleveland Spiders

Read Bio
Season Profile

2001 Detroit Tigers

The Tigers were hopi

Read Bio
Historical Figure

Effa L.

Effa Manley

Read Bio
Manager Profile

Tris Speaker

Boston Red Sox

Read Bio
Ballpark Profile

Nationals

Located in Washington, D.C.,

Read Bio
 
Tagged:
MLB Current

Comments

Login or register to post comments

Stay Connected

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014: