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A younger Barry Bonds would have loved MLB’s latest steroid testing decision


Performance enhancing drugs have been a hot topic in Major League Baseball, as some of the top players in the sport’s history have been found out to have used them over the course of their career. The likes of Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and many others have all done so.

But now, a new testing policy is set to be introduced by MLB – or lack thereof. Players will reportedly stop being tested for steroids thanks to the expiration of the sport’s drug agreement, according to two sources familiar with the Joint Drug Program.

“It should be a major concern to all those who value fair play,” Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said Monday.

“If it’s just a simple matter of agreeing to it.” Tygart said, “you would have hoped they would have been able to get that figured out, so that when the game does restart, you don’t have questions hanging over individual players based on size, speed, batting percentage, home run numbers, whatever it may be, that people are going to call into question again.”

This comes on the heels of both Bonds and pitcher Roger Clemens, who is alleged to have used performance enhancing drugs, falling well short of the required vote to enter the Hall of Fame. Both Rodriguez and Manny Ramierez also fell short in voting by baseball writers.

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BONUS CONTENT: Detroit Lions WR coach Antwaan Randle El praises Trinity Benson

The Detroit Lions acquired receiver Trinity Benson from the Denver Broncos in exchange for 5th and 7th round draft picks to assist in their thin wideout corps.

And if Lions wide receivers coach Antwaan Randle El’s words last week during the Senior Bowl are any indication, Lions fans can expect to see him continue with the team next season.

“He is still piquing my interest,” Randle El said this week. “You see the speed, you see the route-running, you see the catching ability, especially balls on the sideline, the deep outs and stuff like that, and he threatens you. If you’re playing defense against him, he threatens you, in terms of the DB getting out of your backpedal and stuff like that. We see those things.”

Following his acquisition by Detroit, Benson hauled in 10 receptions for 103 yards in eight games played. He didn’t play much over the final nine games of the season.

Written by Michael Whitaker

Always at the front lines of Detroit Sports.

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