MLB Takes Critical Step With HGH Tests

MLB Takes Critical Step With HGH Tests

Mark it down now. There will be loopholes, and the cheats will find them. They always do. Just ask anyone involved with the Olympics.

But the bigger crime, as baseball was bitterly reminded of again this week when voters pitched a shutout in the Hall of Fame election, is to react slowly and allow the monster to grow.

For far too long, that is what baseball did, and that's why one of the most talked about Hall of Fame classes ever became one of the most snubbed and controversial classes ever.

Thursday's announcement that random testing for human growth hormone will begin this season, one more step in an increasingly vigilant program baseball incorporated in 2004, will not change that.

But it is another long-overdue step that will continue to help clean up the game.

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