Why Doesn’t Major League Baseball Re-Test Players Immediately?


When Ryan Braun began his appeal for a positive test for a performance enhancing drug (PED) in early 2012, I quickly said aloud, “Why doesn’t Major League Baseball re-test players immediately?”

Wouldn’t that make sense?

Even in our modern world there are errors in even the most sure things, like drug tests (which isn’t the best example, but it’ll do).  There is a chance that a “false-positive” occurs and ruins a players career.  So just re-test him, right?

That would work if MLB didn’t hold off on actually revealing the results of the tests for months upon months.  Apparently Braun’s drug test happened several months before the initial positive drug test.  I may be dense on the subject of drug testing, since I have never had to routinely do them, but does it take significantly longer for a PED test to show results than say a marijuana drug test?

If that’s the case then I stand down on my clamoring for a second immediate drug test, but if it’s not here’s what I’d like to see.

When a player’s drug test results come in and the player tests positive, notify the team’s general manager (GM) and let him know the player has tested positive and that MLB is sending someone over to conduct another drug test to see if the test is correct.  Meet the player prior to the game (if there is one that day), get the urine, then head off back to the lab to conduct another drug test.  If it’s positive again, then hand out a suspension.  I don’t think that would be too much of a hassle, or a cost, honestly.

Come on, Bud Selig, just do this if you really want to clean up baseball, and not have to worry about “false-positives.”

(Sure, a GM could be a shady character and assist the player in trying to secure “clean” urine to pass the test, but I have faith in humankind that this wouldn’t happen.)

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