Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/24/11
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As part of Major League Baseball’s new labor agreement, a new testing requirement for human growth hormone is being instituted. With MLB long having been accurately viewed as a laggard in drug testing among the major sports, Commissioner Bud Selig is now taking bows for what on the surface appears to be an aggressive stance. “It meant a great deal to me personally, and a great deal to our sport,” Selig told the AP this week. Even one of MLB’s most vocal critics took positive notice. “The agreement to begin testing puts baseball ahead of other American professional sports leagues and is a credit to their leadership,” U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said. Earlier this month, Waxman, the ranking member of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, had issued a warning to MLB and the NFL to begin HGH testing procedures or face the wrath of Congress. His open letter was published by ESPN. At first blush, this seems like a significant turnaround for the gra...
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