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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

What does the no testing in MLB for steroids mean?

Steroid testing is out the door right now in MLB. The thing that is going to be interesting is with the CBA still in flux, will this, or is this already another sticking point in the negotiations. If testing doesn't come back into the league, does that mean Clemens and Bonds get another chance to the HOF somehow? Do the Mets look smart by not shipping of or cutting Cano? The thought that popped through my head is are the players and owners going to let this rule stay lapsed so if they do not reach an agreement soon that they might have another HR record chase that helped revive the sport that was on life supports because of the players strike?


 The halt in testing is a casualty of the sport's lockout that started Dec. 2 and a provision in the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players' association that states "the termination date and time of the program shall be 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2021."

"It should be a major concern to all those who value fair play," Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said Monday.

MLB and the union declined comment on the halt.

Just last month, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were denied election to the Hall of Fame by baseball writers over suspicions of PEDs use. Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez, who both served drug suspensions, fell well short in voting.

"If it's just a simple matter of agreeing to it," Tygart said, "you would have hoped they would have been able to get that figured out, so that when the game does restart, you don't have questions hanging over individual players based on size, speed, batting percentage, home run numbers, whatever it may be, that people are going to call into question again."

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