Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Two House Democrats, Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Frank Pallone of New Jersey, are pushing for Major League Baseball and the players' union to implement testing for human growth hormone and ban chewing tobacco by players in uniform who are in public view.

The two representatives submitted a letter to MLB commissioner Bud Selig and MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner on Wednesday. Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement with the players' union is set to expire next month. Waxman is the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee and Pallone is the head Democrat on the panel's health subcommittee. Neither the union or MLB have commented on the letter.

The NFL acted as a trailblazer as they agreed to use a blood test implemented to catch HGH users as part of their collective bargaining which was agreed to in July. The tests have not begun as the NFLPA has asked for more scientific data to support the test's reliability.

A piece of the letter by Waxman and Pallone stated:
"There is ample precedent for a ban on the use of smokeless tobacco on the field and in the dugout. The use of cigarettes by players in uniform and in view of the public has been banned for over three decades. Minor league baseball has banned the use or possession of smokeless tobacco in ballparks since 1993, with no adverse impact on the game or its players."

Several players were interviewed by the Associated Press at the end of the season and many were receptive to the bans.
I'm all for the bans too. There's no reason players can't "resort" to chewing bubble gum or sunflower seeds instead of tobacco. Chewing tobacco is a disgusting habit and shouldn't be done in the presence of children, whether in person or on television. The ban for HGH is a no-brainer. While HGH isn't as publicized as anabolic steroids, its place in the game is very similar. The health risks aren't exactly known and the substances are fair from natural.

My problem with this is that the government needs to stay out of it. Republican or Democrat, they have a different and more important job to do. Why should their letter be given anymore creedence than one from It's Always Sunny in Detroit or a doctor or a grocery bagger? Last time I checked, this country had a lot bigger issues (like maybe the unemployment rate, health care, gas prices, terrorism, the national debt, the war overseas, policies involving gays and lesbians, taxes, the overall corruption of the government, immigration issues, helping the homeless, shoot, maybe teaching Barack Obama how to throw a baseball) than whether Timmy Tiger chews tobacco in front of children.  But to them it's important to create rules in baseball.  This is just yet another reason why American government is inept.

Bottom line: these bans need to be put in place. I don't know if Selig can be trusted to put them in motion, but it'd be ignorant of the players' union not to accept them. But, the pressure shouldn't come from two Representatives. It should come from within.


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

How much will Rousey and Zingano make for their fight?

Browns agree to three-year deal with Josh McCown

Peterson releases statement, no mention of the Vikings

Bulls general manager expects Derrick Rose back in 4-6 weeks

Ray Allen reportedly will not sign with Cavaliers if he returns

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Shane Vereen squashes rumor he wants $5 million per season

Jon Gruden on Meyer: 'Greatest coaching job of all time'

Vince Young to work out at NFL Veteran Combine

Report: Mike Wallace unwilling to restructure contract

Report: Colts targeting Brandon Marshall

Rakeem Christmas leads Syracuse in exercise of futility

WATCH: Knicks' Alexey Shved tosses wild pass into stands

Ten players ready to make the leap in 2015

WATCH: Reggie Bush says he won't quit football

PHOTO: ECHL team will wear Dr. Seuss jerseys

Report: Baron Davis in talks to join a contending team

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

Pirates issue statement about ISIS executioner in team hat

WATCH: Dress debate threatens to derail Brooklyn Nets’ season

FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit

WATCH: Charles Barkley rips analytics... again

Dark horse World Series contenders in 2015

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to step up

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.