What is being done about PED use in the MLB?

One of the biggest crises that the MLB continues to face is the issue of PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs) by players including anabolic steroids, stimulants, and painkillers. Numerous well -known players such as Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and Barry Bonds have all been implicated in the use of PEDs.

The most recent scandal with PED use was the Biogenesis scandal back in 2013. During this scandal, thirteen MLB players were suspended for using human growth hormones (HGH). The players shown in the above photo were all involved in the Biogenesis scandal.

The MLB has taken some significant actions to ensure that players are not using PEDs. Before the 2013 season began, MLB’s commissioner Bud Selig announced that they modified their drug policy. This policy stated that there would be unannounced random blood collections throughout the season in order to see if players are using HGH. In addition.

Selig announced that an individual player profile with a Testosterone/Epitestosterone (T/E) ratio and other medical information would be created and held by the World Anti-Doping Agency and MLB Players Association. This information would be used for comparison in the event of suspected PED use and is especially helpful in identifying the use of synthetic testosterone.

In March 2014, Selig once again refined the drug policy due to the backlash of the Biogenesis scandal. One of these changes included going from only having 1,400 random urine collections to 3,200 random urine collections during the season.

Other changes included adding 400 more random blood collections during the year to test for HGH instead of only having the 1,200 collections during spring training. Lastly, Carbon Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry tests will be completed on one sample from every MLB player.

These tests are known to be even more beneficial in determining if a player is using HGH because they can detect drug use within a two-week period rather than a period of 24 hours. The picture below demonstrates commissioner Bud Selig addressing the media about the new drug policies.


The punishment for using these types of PEDs was also modified and made stricter. Players who are caught using PEDs will face an eighty game suspension with no pay rather than a fifty game suspension with no pay. If a player is caught a second time, they will no face a 162 game suspension rather than a 100 game suspension.

The use of PEDs will continue to occur as long as there is an increase in pay with an increase in athletic performance. Since the Biogenesis scandal, the MLB has worked to ensure that the players are more aware of the consequences of their actions and that they realize that there is no tolerance for PED use.

This hope is that this will serve as a deterrent and prevent the use of PEDs. These new policies have been communicated to all the stakeholders so everyone is aware of the severe consequences of PED use.