When Major League Baseball players get nailed for using performance-enhancing drugs, they often have elaborate excuses. But, while their descriptions of why they were using this drug or that may convince some loyal fans, for fellow players — like the Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia — they just don’t cut it.
“In my opinion, no,” Pedroia said, according to The Boston Globe, when asked whether players can legitimately say they didn’t know they were using a performance-enhancing drug. “We have a lot of information. I know we have one of the best drug-testing policies in sports. They give us packets on what supplements you can or can’t take. We’re educated on what supplements you can take.”
Spring training has been full of talk of harsher penalties for those who violate the league’s substance-abuse rules — to the point that more players are calling for change, including Pedroia.
“I’m all for the most possible,” he said. “I understand the reasoning why, because we have so much information.