Baseball's Drug Testing Lacks Element Of Surprise? REALLY???
[size=14pt]BaseballÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Drug Testing Lacks Element of Surprise[/size]
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Published: October 31, 2007
Major League Baseball, bracing for the results of an internal investigation into steroid use, has continued to employ a drug-testing procedure that may allow players time to mask their use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Drug testers contracted by the league routinely alert team officials a day or more before their arrival at ballparks for what is supposed to be random, unannounced testing of players. By eliminating the surprise factor, the practice undermines the integrity of the testing program, antidoping experts said.
The night before testers arrive at major league stadiums to take urine samples from players, officials for the home team receive a call from the testing company requesting stadium and parking passes for the drug testers. This procedure is not outlined in the leagueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 48-page testing policy, which baseball promotes as one of the toughest in sports. Teams are not told which players will be tested Ã¢â‚¬â€ or how many Ã¢â‚¬â€ but the number is said to be roughly five per visit.
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