By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to add random in-season human growth hormone blood testing

“This agreement addresses critical drug issues and symbolizes Major League Baseball’s continued vigilance against synthetic human growth hormone, testosterone and other performance-enhancing substances," said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. "I am proud that our system allows us to adapt to the many evolving issues associated with the science and technology of drug testing. We will continue to do everything we can to maintain a leadership stature in anti-doping efforts in the years ahead.”

Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner said players are fine with testing as long as it is done fairly. 

“Players want a program that is tough, scientifically accurate, backed by the latest proven scientific methods, and fair; I believe these changes firmly support the players’ desires while protecting their legal rights,” Weiner said

Major League Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement allows for HGH testing during the offseason and spring training, but not once rhe regular season begins.  

Major League Baseball has been randomly testing its minor league players for HGH since July 2010 and is now the only major North American sport to blood test unionized players.

- Patrick Gordon is the editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Contact him at or @Philabaseball on Twitter.
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