Of the 3,868 tests conducted by the league, only one player tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo. Colorado’s Alfonzo was banned for 100 games after testing positive for a chemical found in steroids. It was his second offense, he served a 50-game suspension in 2008. This year’s results were a slight improvement over last season when two players tested positive for PEDs, of the 3,747 tests conducted.
Something very interesting is that baseball offers an exemption for stimulant use for players diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Many people who suffer from ADHD take forms of amphetamines, like Ritalin, to treat the condition. 105 players were granted exemptions due to ADHD and six received them for other conditions including hypertension, narcolepsy and post-concussion syndrome. An exemption is only good for a single season and players must re-apply each year.
There were 12 positive tests for stimulants. When a player initially tests positive, they receive counseling and are subjected to six follow-up tests over the next year. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mark Rogers was the only player suspended for stimulant use, he received a 25-game penalty, as it was his second offense.
As a comparison, the NFL conducted 4,000 PED tests in 2010, with 20-25% happening in the off-season. I think MLB needs to do more testing in the off-season, like the NFL does. The NFL tested between 800-1000 players during the off-season, MLB tested just 138 in 2010 and will test only 200 this year and 250 in each off-season starting in 2014-15. Mayor League Baseball is still not fully committed to ban drugs from baseball. But is it a bad thing?
Players are not if favor of mandatory HGH testing as they understand that Human growth helps them to be better. Players probably view HGH merely as an acceptable treatment program to recover from the injuries faster. The real question is what we expect for players to do? If the results show that HGH (and they do) really works, why do authorities want to test and ban players who are using HGH? Do we want players to recover sooner or not?
The fact is the Human growth hormone is a drug that works and it works well in certain cases. I personally want the best for MLB players and other professional players and if HGH will make them better or it will help them recover faster than I say let them use it!