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Major League Baseball to Start Random HGH Blood Testing

January 10th, 2013 at 1:14 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

Major League Baseball is set to announce an agreement for random, unannounced in-season HGH blood testing, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Baseball will be the first major sport in the United States to test for human growth hormone. 

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The announcement will come from commissioner Bud Selig at the owners meetings in Arizona on Thursday.

Last offseason, when the new collective bargaining agreement was made, the league began offseason HGH testing. However, with the new agreement, the league will be conducting random HGH tests during the season. Minor league baseball has been using HGH blood testing since July of 2010. 

This news comes just one day after the league announced that no players were inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame. This was the first time in 16 years and only the eighth time ever that no players were inducted, largely due to the controversy surrounding the "steroid era" players who were on the ballot. 

Baseball's failed drug test policy calls for a 50 game suspension after one failed test, 100 game suspension after two failed tests, and a lifetime ban from baseball after a third failed test. 

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