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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

MLB Drug-Testing Programs Move to Olympic-Certified Laboratories

MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to transfer administration of their drug-testing program to a lab certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Research Center of Montreal. In MLB's press release, Rob Manfred and Gene Orza say nice things about the WADA, but never mention the biggest benefit of switching to this particular lab.

That benefit? The use of a Canadian lab will ensure that all of the 2004 drug testing samples are stored beyond the reach of U.S. prosecutors and grand juries, eliminating the possibility that last month's seizure will be repeated. This was no accident -- MLB chose to have its minor-league testing administered by the WADA-appropved testing program at UCLA, which could certainly have handled the major leaguers' specimens, too.

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