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MLB Drug Test Results for 2017 Season

For those of you who think that baseball is not going head to head with cheating in the game, baseball now has proof. Major League Baseball boosted its drug test total 25 percent in the 2017 season ending with the World Series.The sport’s new Independent Public Administrator said there were 10,237 tests of players on 40-man major league rosters, including 8,235 urine samples for performance-enhancing substances, stimulants and the drug DHEA and 2,002 blood samples for human growth hormone.

Which is up from 8,281 tests over the 2016 season, which included 6,634 urine samples and 1,647 blood samples. The only negative I can see with these numbers, and the only question that I would have is why were the numbers given in number of tests and not number of players tested? This leads me to wonder if multiple players were tested multiple times with other players seemingly slipping through the cracks. Let me be clear here, I am not saying that is what is happening, I am simply saying the way the numbers were presented in the report that came out on Friday it leaves that question unanswered.

Two major leaguers had positive tests for banned stimulants, one each for Adderall and D-Amphetamine. The players were not identified because of the penalty for first offenses for stimulants and the drug DHEA is six additional urine tests over the next year rather than a suspension.

Alright MLB, So You are Testing More, But Are You Catching Anyone?

The number of failed drug tests in Major League Baseball dropped over 50% last season.There were five positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs that resulted in 80-game suspensions: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte (Nandrolone), Philadelphia pitcher Elniery Garcia and Houston pitcher David Paulino (both Boldenone), Cleveland pitcher Joseph Colon (SARM LGD-4022) and San Francisco pitcher Joan Gregorio (Stanozolol).

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There were also 106 Therapeutic Use Exemptions for otherwise banned drugs: 103 for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and one each for hypertension, idiopathic hypersomnia (a sleep disorder) and azoospermia (a condition in which semen contains no sperm). That was down from 107 TUEs last year, which included 105 for ADHD and one each for hypertension and hypercalciuria (calcium in urine). That’s roughly 8% of major leaguers (based on 40-man rosters subject to the MLB testing program).

The report was verified by program administrator Jeffrey M. Anderson, M.D., who served in this role since 2012 until his unexpected passing in September 2017. MLB appointed Thomas M. Martin, Ph.D to succeed Anderson. Martin is a retired U.S. Army colonel who is a former director of the Defense Department’s drug testing and program policy office,

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