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MLB may be seeing an end to their PED Problems.

In 2014 the MLB and MLBPA set out to fix the problem of PED’s in baseball.  We are starting to see now that the new testing policy and punishments are starting to work.  It may not be stopping the use of PED’s yet, but now players are being caught.  The new policy addresses many of the weaknesses and shortcomings of the old policy.  Here are the highlights from MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and treatment program:


  • The number of in-season random urine collections will more than double beginning in the 2014 season (from 1,400 to 3,200), which are in addition to the mandatory urine collections that every player is subjected to both during Spring Training and the Championship Season
  • Blood collections for hGH detection — which remains the most significant hGH blood testing program of its kind in American professional sports — will increase to 400 random collections per year, in addition to the 1,200 mandatory collections conducted during Spring Training.


  • A first-time performance-enhancing substance violation of the Joint Drug Program will now result in an unpaid 80-game suspension, increased from 50 games. A player’s second violation will result in an unpaid 162-game suspension (and a loss of 183 days of pay), increased from 100 games. A third violation will result in a permanent suspension from Baseball.
  • A Player who is suspended for a violation involving a performance-enhancing substance will be ineligible to participate in the Postseason
  • Every Player whose suspension for a performance-enhancing substance is upheld will be subject to six additional unannounced urine collections, and three additional unannounced blood collections, during every subsequent year of his entire career.

These are just some of the key points that are addressed in the MLB joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in regards to PED’s.


2016 PED suspensions so far:


80 Game suspensions

  1. Eudor Garcia- New York Mets
  2. Juan Duran- Cincinnati
  3. Kameron Loe- Chicago White Sox
  4. Taylor Teagarden- Chicago Cubs
  5. Daniel Stumpf- Philadelphia Phillies’
  6. Abraham Almonte- Cleveland Indians
  7. Chris Colabello- Toronto Blue Jays
  8. Dee Gordon- Miami Marlins
  9. Josh Ravin- LA Dodgers
  10. Alec Asher- Philadelphia Phillies’
  11. Herschel “Boog” Powell- Seattle Mariners

50 Game suspension

  1. Raul Mondessi Jr.- Kansas City Royals


162 Game suspension

  1. Marlon Byrd- Cleveland Indians


On February 12th Major League Baseball announced its first lifetime ban for PED usage.  New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia had his 3rd positive test for performance enhancing drugs.  Mejia’s suspension is now under appeal.


The program is working

“I have said this pretty consistently, I think performance-enhancing drugs, not only for baseball but for all athletics, is not a issue you can check off as solved. You have to stay constantly vigilant in order to make sure you are on top of the latest developments, and because there is a temptation for athletes to use.”- Commissioner Rob Manfred

He is right, we may never see an end to PED usage.  We can only hope that with some of the suspensions we continue to see, we will see players use of PED’s go down.