For the first time in seventeen years, voters did not select a single baseball player to be inducted into the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame. In response to this news, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt regrettably stated, "[E]veryone was guilty. Either you used Performance Enhancing Drugs or you did nothing to stop their use. . . . This generation got rich. Seems there was a price to pay." In 2013 alone, Major League Baseball (MLB) issued fourteen suspensions for Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) abuse. The regularity of these suspensions reveals players' willingness to continuously attempt to exploit flaws in the current MLB drug-testing program. Consequently, many baseball enthusiasts have begun to seriously question the validity of players' accomplishments and, thus, the integrity of the game. If MLB's integrity is to be preserved, something needs to change. This Comment proposes a change to the MLB drug-testing process itself. After considering a number of collective bargaining and legislative options, this Comment concludes that the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) should agree to terms authorizing a credible third-party agency to properly implement a drug-testing policy that effectively deters PED abuse. If the MLBPA and MLB adopt this policy, they finally will take an adequate step towards cleaning up the game and reviving the integrity of America's pastime.
Wolfgang S. Weber,
Preserving Baseball's Integrity Through Proper Drug Testing: Time for the Major League Baseball Players Association to Let Go of Its Collective Bargaining Reins,
U. Colo. L. Rev.
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