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In August 1994, I was attending an FBI sports presentation conference... about an undercover operation (named Equine) that targeted illegal steroid distribution.
The bureau has a program where trained agents make presentations to college and professional sports teams regarding illegal sports gambling and other topics
Meanwhile, guys get caught by the NFL all the time, I have no doubt that dozens more aren't getting caught, and yet no one applies the same eye test to the NFL of "look at how big guys are compared to back in the day" that they do for MLB.
Oh the focus would have been recreational drugs (even though by this point they were no longer a major issue), but since they could test for PEDs at the same time, they would have.
MLB has nothing in particular to gain from steroids (since they can get any offensive level they want from adjusting the ball, the "steroids=revenue" argument isn't particularly compelling)
#10 The biggest reason they had against any type of testing is that they simply had no reason to trust MLB (and ample reason -- see collusion for instance -- to distrust)
And if steroids (or other PEDS) have real therapeutic value (and relatively low risk of adverse reactions when administered in a controlled setting. Which is the case) then it's butt stupid for them to be illegal.
that's really only relevant if testing is beneficial for the owners.
It's also a potential club for MLB to use against players.
I don't think it's stupid to worry about confidentiality of testing.
I would respect any writer that speaks out against Selig when he eventually is on the HOF ballot but I'd be surprised if he didn't get something close to a unanimous vote total
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