December 2, 2013
In MLB, there were no positive steroid tests out of 5,391 samples
Out of 5,391 urine and blood samples submitted over the past year, eight were reported by the league’s laboratory to have tested positive for stimulants and resulted in discipline for the player.Eight men out, for stimulants: that was the story of Major League Baseball’s drug program in 2013, according to data the league published Friday. There was not a single positive steroid test in the season that was shadowed by headlines about Biogenesis, the Florida clinic that allegedly dispensed drugs like testosterone and HGH to more than a dozen players. Out of 5,391 urine and blood samples submitted over the past year, eight were reported by the league’s laboratory to have tested positive for stimulants and resulted in discipline for the player. Seven of the tests reflected unapproved use of Adderall, the common attention-deficit disorder drug. The other positive test was for methylhexaneamine.
A much higher number of samples presumably showed evidence of banned substances but were set aside because the player who submitted them had filed paperwork ahead of time for an exemption based on therapeutic use of the drug in question.The number of samples in that category is not published, but MLB said some 119 big leaguers had such an exemption for ADD, while three were officially diagnosed with hypogonadism. MLB has published the annual numbers since 2008 at the recommendation of former Senator George Mitchell, who recommended more transparency in MLB’s testing system. Since the practice began, the test numbers have shown how rare it is to test positive for steroids and how popular ADD drugs, which are chemically similar to amphetamines, have become among ballplayers. This report covers the offseason ahead of the 2013 season as well as the season itself. The number of urine samples collected and analyzed was 4,022, while another 1,369 blood samples were screened for human growth hormone. The numbers mean for the first time, a majority of the players disciplined for violations of the drug policy was the result of evidence gathered outside of labs. In 2013, 13 players were given bans based on their involvement with the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Miami. Alex Rodriguez is contesting his ban in an arbitration case that has not yet been settled. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mlb-5-391-samples-0-positives-steroids-article-1.1533213#ixzz2mKayNVR9