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MLB Asks Miami New Times For Documents Relating To Possible PED Use By Players
Published February 11, 2013
LACKING AUTHORITY: ESPN.com’s Buster Olney wrote Selig over the past 16 months “probably has been tempted to make some really strong public statements” about PED use in baseball, but he and MLB’s investigative unit “don’t have much power.” Sources said that MLB has been “frustrated with its inability to follow up on the leads it has.” The league has been “working hard to get the feds involved," but it may be that the U.S. government "has simply decided to devote its resources to issues more pertinent to the nation's rank and file than the pursuit of millionaires drugging up to help their bodies recover from the previous night's relief appearance.” But Selig and MLB investigators “really shouldn't lose much sleep if they keeping hitting dead ends.” As always, the “real power lies within” the MLBPA. The “most important change now would be the reduction of the incentive to cheat, and in order for that to happen, the union has to make a change to the rules” (ESPN.com, 2/10).
STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE: MLBPA General Counsel David Prouty, promoted to the position last week, said that as part of taking the responsibilities from MLBPA Exec Dir Michael Weiner, he will “oversee the business side of the union as well as being a major force in labor talks.” Prouty is “beginning to discuss tweaks to the new rules on the amateur draft and free agency, which have been areas of concern to the union in their first year of implementation," but the "elephant in the room is the never-ending saga" of PEDs. Prouty believes the testing for testosterone and the yearlong blood testing for HGH "will be more effective in detecting use.” Prouty said, “Most players we speak with want a strong drug program and don’t want anyone cheating in the games. ... There are people out there giving players bad advice on how they might be able to beat the system by using low-level testosterone and masking it with other things and other gimmicks.” In Boston, Nick Cafardo noted other union issues “concern travel and instant replay.” Prouty said of Weiner's ongoing battle against an inoperable brain tumor, “Mike has handled this whole situation with incredible grace and incredible humor, too. That’s the way he’s handled everything. So in a way, we’ve all been inspired by him" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/10).