I asked it a month ago and I’ll ask it again; how broken is the drug testing policy of MLB?
Bud Selig, the players union, and all of MLB seems to be very publicly certain that the PED testing program is working. Last season’s aborted Ryan Braun suspension seemed like the first chink in the impenetrable armor of the collectively bargained PED testing program. Despite the belief that his appeal was successful on a mere technicality, MLB and the union took steps to make sure that any holes that may have been present have been plugged. The program was thought to be even stronger.
In the 2012-13 offseason a word few had heard before would captivate fans of baseball again; Biogenesis. There was a list of 20 or so players that were linked to the Florida clinic that was run by Tony Bosch. Some on the list had already been suspended by MLB for drug offenses, some (Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez) had been linked to PEDs, and some had no previous PED suspicions or ties. This last group is the most curious of all; they are all of an age that they have been tested since they entered the minor leagues. In regards to the effectiveness of the PED testing program, this raises some potentially disturbing questions.
Were they on sophisticated, long-term regimens or did they use a few times for specific reasons, such as injury recovery? How were these players able to avoid detection? If these players are users of PEDs and were able to proceed undetected, how many more are out there that went to a clinic other than Biogenesis? At the very least this has to call into serious question the effectiveness of the drug testing program in MLB.