Thursday, April 10, 2008

You don't even need to test positive anymore

Not sure if many of you caught this, but it surprised me. Not that a highly thought of prospect got nailed with a 50 game suspension for HGH. That's not surprising. What is surprising is that he didn't TEST POSITIVE. He got dinged due to circumstancial evidence only. MLB is calling this a "non-analytical positive", a new term in my book, and quite fascinating.

This is the first player to get nabbed by MLB's new gestapo, the Department of Investigations, a direct recommendation by The Mitchell Report.

Two sources said Wednesday that Jordan, regarded as Atlanta's future center fielder, received the growth hormone from someone close to him but outside the organization, and that a player who had previously violated MLB's anti-doping policy informed baseball officials that Schafer was using the all-but-undetectable drug.
Schafer's suspension was the result of a "non-analytical positive," meaning MLB was able to establish that he obtained or used HGH through other means.
This is a very interesting precedent. Suspicion of PED usage can release the MLB hounds and if they find any semblance of a link to known PED sources, you might be sitting.

Also interesting is that there seems to be an active player working as a mole. The guess here is that if the mole is ever unearthed, he'd be ostracized rather than applauded by the Union. Is it hypocritical to cheer a player, already a violator of the drug policy, for turning in a fellow player and possible PED user?

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