The MLB is about to take a giant step forward with the new proposed contract between players and owners as they come to agreement on HGH testing. That’s the report out of the New York Times in Michael Schmidt’s piece, New Contract Will Enable Baseball to Test for H.G.H.
As far as I’m concerned, this places Major League Baseball leaps ahead of the NFL’s washrag-type attitude where they can’t seem to finalize their plans to test for this substance. They just can’t seem to get it right yet.
Depicted in my last piece, California Representative Henry Waxman Calls Into Question NFL Union “Delay” Tactics Regarding HGH Testing, I discuss the NFL’s inability to have the guts to make a real commitment to testing for Human Growth Hormone. Oh sure, they can come up with a plan, but follow through on it, nah, maybe next year!!!
And questioning the validity of the test (the players union’s reasoning for not moving forward) holds absolutely no water whatsoever. Funny how the test seems valid for the Olympics (being used at that level for almost 10 years) and for Major League Baseball. No matter that scientists are saying it’s valid, the NFL players union just…isn’t so sure. I suppose they know something no one else does. Wonder what that is???
Significant as well is the reported 50-game suspension for a positive test, almost a third of the MLB season. That consequence definitely has some bite to it; however, I wonder if that comes with some financial penalty as well?
Me, I would make the first offense half the season and include financial punitive action as well. Second time, you’re done as a professional baseball player. Everything (possible fame, fortune, lifestyle, etc.) gone!!!
I commend baseball on its move forward and hope they continue to press hard against cheats. The NFL, well, let’s just keep an eye on them and see how all this plays out.