Target: Major League Baseball and its player’s union
Goal: Thank the MLB and player’s union for expanding the drug-testing program to include in season testing for human growth hormone and testosterone
The MLB and its player’s union have reached an agreement that will allow in-season blood testing for certain drugs, including human growth hormone and testosterone. This new test has been designed to catch testosterone more effectively as testosterone doping has been an ongoing issue among major league players. Thank Major League Baseball and its players union for expanding their drug-testing program, thereby discouraging drug use among professional athletes.
Major League Baseball was originally criticized for its hesitancy to establish rigorous drug testing programs. Since then, the MLB has worked diligently to improve its drug policies. When the new testing goes into effect, the MLB will surpass the National Football League in drug stringency. The NFL does not currently test for human growth hormone, and its testosterone tests are incomplete compared to the new tests developed by the MLB. Based on this new drug policy, it could be argued that the MLB has the toughest drug-testing program of any professional leagues in North America.
Major League Baseball will become the first major sport in the United States to perform Human Growth Hormone testing. While the player’s union has reached an agreement, there is still some concern among players. Since players can now be tested before and after season games, some are concerned that it will affect their performance on the field as blood drawing can cause faintness. While there are still minor details to be ironed out, the agreement is expected to be announced by both parties soon. Sign the petition below, and thank the MLB and player’s union for expanding their drug testing program, and proving an example to other professional leagues.
Dear Major League Baseball and its player’s union,
Performance enhancing drug use among professional athletes has been a source of concern and embarrassment for many professional leagues. While there were drug-testing programs in place, they were not comprehensive or could be circumvented. Thank you for expanding your drug-testing program to include human growth hormone, and for allowing in-season blood testing.
By expanding your drug program, the MLB has arguably achieved the most stringent drug-testing program of any professional league in North America. Your efforts to reduce performance-enhancing drug use among athletes are setting an example to the rest of the country. Thank you for discouraging drug use, and for working to preserve the integrity of the game.
[Your Name Here]
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