MLBPA head Michael Weiner took to the airwaves in Toronto today, claiming the union undertook a full investigation in Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista’s belief that he was targeted by drug testers after his two massive breakout seasons.

Hit the jump for the highlights of Weiner’s turn on the Fan 590′s Jeff Blair show.

  • On the integrity of the drug testing program: the players have questions about the testing process and Braun’s case in particular but the players believe in the program
  • On Bautista’s targeted claim: Jose is a straight shooter and one of the strongest leaders in the union.
  • Nobody is targeted, the testing is random
  • Players are continuously put back into the testing pool after each test.
  • If a player comes up often, it is random not targeted
  • Want to avoid limits so players don’t try to game the system (so to speak)
  • Spoke with Jose directly about his concerns/questions, we investigated it and no player is targeted

Weiner goes on to explain the process behind adding Wild Card teams (players want to emphasize winning the division) and assorted unions nuggets (they get along famously with the league! Labour piece peace!) Much ado about not a whole lot, though it is good to hear the union followed up on Bautista’s concerns and fears via all available channels.

Thoughts? Let me summarize my own:

Comments (22)

  1. Calling bullshit on this.

    • Which part? He is part of the union, meaning he works in Jose’s best interests over those of the league.

      • It’s also distinctly in his best interests to protect the testing program, especially in a time when said program has been called into question.

        Also: that’s a fantastic GIF.

      • I think if Jose was being targeted, the MLBPA (a) wouldn’t know about it to begin with and (b) likely wouldn’t be able to find any evidence of same.

        I’m inclined to believe “statistical fluke”, but that’s not to say that it’s not very suspicious.

        • If the testing is random, there must be some sort of way to make the random selections with a shred of transparency. Also, if the testers show up at the ballpark one day and choose to test just one player, 1 out of 50 are hardly the longest odds in the world.

          • That wouldn’t be random then. The testers need to be randomly selecting what teams to show up to see as well.

            Odds of being tested if 10 players are chosen at random from all 40-man rosters = 1/120 (0.8%)

            Odds of being tested if first randomly select one team first and then randomly select 10 players from that team’s 40 man roster = 1/120 (0.8%)

            That’s fair. But…

            Odds of being tested if first non-randomly select a team and then select 10 players from that team’s 40 man roster = anywhere from 0.8 to 25% depending entirely how often the team is selected. This would not be fair.

        • This is what I was thinking, yet I am young and brash.

      • Who decides who gets tested is my main question – if it’s truly random, number-generator kinda thing, then we can only chalk this up to chance.

  2. Wooo I’m going to be that guy.


  3. I don’t recall that Bautista every actually had “concerns”. In fact I think I remember him saying he didn’t really give a crap how many times he was tested and that he just mentioned the “16 times” in passing once because someone asked him directly about it.

    • True, but I think he was hinting.

      It’s virtually impossible to have one player selected 16 times in two years when the average player is tested 2 times in that same span under any system that is truly random.

    • He might have asked the union to investigate outside of the media as well

  4. Re: your GIF

    Jose Bautista invented calculus when he was 26???!!!?!!?

  5. Shakespeare called, he wants the English language back.

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