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Mitchell Report
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 29 February 2008 11:05

Donald FehrDerek Jeter says he’s for it, and now, Donald Fehr of the MLB Players’ Association said he will consider it.

As pressure continues to run unabated in the wake of the release of the Mitchell Report, Fehr said yesterday that if an efficient and effective testing procedure was created that allowed for testing of substances, such as hGH over time, then he would consider approving it. As reported in the NY Times:

“If and when a blood test is available and it can be signed and validated by people other than those that are trying to sell it to you, then we’d have to take a hard look at it,” Fehr said Thursday after meeting with the Baltimore Orioles. “We’d have to see what it is and try to make a judgment as to whether it is fair and appropriate.”

As to Jeter’s comments last week, Fehr said, “I haven’t talked to Derek about it, but my guess is if something is there, it works and it wouldn’t be too bothersome, I’d think about it. I guess a lot of people would. But that depends on what it is and how it’s done.”

The comments by Fehr come one day after executives from the major sports leagues testified before Congressional committee. In his opening statements, he said:

Of course, it is possible that a scientifically valid blood test for HGH will be developed and become commercially available before a valid urine test. However, as Senator Mitchell has indicated, if there is a blood test developed in the near future it may well be of very limited utility; i.e. a player will need to have used HGH a very short time before the test in order for it to show up. That remains to be seen. In addition there may well be very serious issues involved with blood tests for athletes, particularly with respect to tests on competition days, and in baseball we play nearly every day for seven months. As of now, no major professional sport has blood testing for PEDs.

Nevertheless, as I said at the Government Reform hearing last month, if and when a scientifically valid blood test becomes available, the players will consider it in good faith at that time based on the facts then known.

Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer.

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