A real test for the union

Updated: February 23, 2010, 10:56 AM ET
By Buster Olney
A positive drug test for human growth hormone was announced Monday, and the United States Anti-Doping Agency is trumpeting this news as an indication that there is now a reliable test for HGH, as Michael O'Keeffe and Christian Red write.

From the Daily News story:

Baseball has banned growth hormone since 2005, but there is still no HGH testing. Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, Monday blasted baseball's argument that an effective HGH test is unavailable.

"All of us who have helped develop a test wouldn't put it in place if it wasn't forensically sound and reliable." Tygart told the Daily News. "Particularly in (Newton's) case, it's proof positive the test works."

Major League Baseball needs to revisit this question, of course; it always needs to review all new information. The other day in the Yankees' camp, a list of all the substances that have been newly banned was placed, in two neatly typed pages, on the chairs of all players.