Baseball To Implement HGH Testing
An anonymous major league baseball official has stated that Bud Selig will be implementing a testing procedure for HGH but only for minor leaguers. He hopes to later also include major leaguers in the testing. This step is being taken after a British rugby player was suspended after testing positive for HGH.
Once again Selig has shown a lack of leadership by using minor leaguers as guinea pigs for the testing program. All Selig had to do was make the HGH test mandatory for all players. If the major league player’s union objects then it will show they are not serious about wanting to get HGH out of baseball and Selig would have done the right thing to force the union to take a stand.
Instead as in the past Selig has avoided a confrontation with the player’s union by taking the easy way out by targeting minor leaguers.
Christine Brennan of USA Today has this to say about Bud Selig and steroids:
Commissioner Bud Selig‘s scorecard reads something like this: Pete Rose: bad. Mark McGwire: good again. Why? Because Rose broke a now-90-year-old rule about betting on the game, and baseball follows its rules.
Unless it doesn’t. Then-Commissioner Fay Vincent deemed steroids illegal in 1991 when he sent every team a memo saying all illegal drug use was “strictly prohibited” by law, “cannot be condoned or tolerated” and could result in discipline or expulsion.
It is alarming that Bud Selig didn’t follow the 1991 edict of Commissioner Fay Vincent and let steroids users continue to play baseball. He let Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds break the single season home run record of Roger Maris knowing they were cheating.
A player like Bonds winding down his career doesn’t hit 34, 49 and 73 homers in successive seasons while becoming the Incredible Hulk of baseball and gaining about 50 pounds without bettter living through chemistry. He hit 258 homers in five seasons (2000-2004) after having hit 186 in the previous five seasons (1995-1999) for an increase of 72 more homers.
Selig and the player’s union have a chance to show they are serious about stopping the use of HGH. Now is the time to show that they are serious about keeping steroids out of baseball but the question is will they do whatever it takes to implement HGH testing regardless of the consequences for them?