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Major League Baseball Could Start Human Growth Hormone Testing Next Season

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Major League Baseball has had a troubled history with performance enhancing drugs to say the least. In the opinion of many, commissioner Bud Selig has dragged his feet when it has come to testing and enforcement of rules already in place. Granted they have done more in recent years, the issues with former players like Mark McGwire, Samy Sosa, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemons come to mind.

Major League Baseball could be taking a step in the right direction next season with the possibility of regular season testing of players for human growth hormone. According to current Major League Rules, Each player was given a blood test for HGH during spring training as part of the labor contract that was agreed to in November, which allows blood testing during the off season and spring training, and if there is reasonable cause.

Union Head Michael Weiner was quoted on the subject by the Associated Press stating that,

“We have just elected, as we do in June of even-number years, a new executive board, a new group of player reps, and over the second half of the season we’ll be trying to generate what the consensus is. There is at least a possibility, I’m not going to predict which way it’s going to go, but there’s at least a possibility that we could have in-season testing of some form as soon as next year.”

Should baseball begin testing for HGH in season? How will it affect the performance of the players? Let us know what you think below.

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