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Increased drug tests don't bother Bautista

Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:14 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Major League Baseball has "random" drug testing on its players, but Jose Bautista has seen a drastic increase in testing the past two seasons. Bautista had never hit more than 16 homers in a season until he hit 54 in 2010 and then 43 in 2011. There's a group of fans and media who seem to think the only possible way to make that kind of jump is to take some form of illicit "supplement." It could be a coincidence, but Bautista's testing has increased along with his home run totals. 

On TSN 1050 radio, Bautista estimated he's been tested 16 times in the past two seasons (via TSN.com). But don't get all worked up about it, Blue Jays fans and Bautista supporters, because he's cool with it.

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"It has increased in the last two years compared to before but I'm not complaining whatsoever. It's a question that I was asked so I gave an honest answer. It's not in my interest to make it seem like I'm getting picked on."

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"I don't mind it; it's something that is not going to affect my focus and I'm not going to allow it to affect how I play my game," Bautista said. "They are entitled to do whatever they want and test you as many times as they want. If I get picked to be tested a million times, that's fine with me."

I've emphatically supported Bautista against the small-minded haters the past two seasons and these comments make me dig my heels in even further.

It should be noted that it's entirely possible random testing causes sporadic testing, meaning you could be tested zero times one season and 20 the next -- like flipping a coin and having heads turn up 20 times in a row -- so I'm not trying to accuse the MLB of anything nefarious. For me, the most important takeaway here is the fact that Bautista basically says "bring it on" and has passed all these tests.

Hat-tip: Hardball Talk

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Comments

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:57 am
 

Increased drug tests don't bother Bautista

Bautista is proof that people might turn ordinary career into super-hero one in an instant. There are so many components to hitting, and starting to feel comfortable can do wonders to hitter's performance. If you happen to add some muscle at the same time or you happen to be one of many people who change the physique as they are around 30 and they metabolism is slowing down, they are certain to get accused as sure PED users. 

It is a shame of baseball, that it didn't introduced the testing years, decades ago. It is Selig who should be banned, not players like Bonds, Sosa, McGuire etc. who never failed a test. 



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:27 am
 

Increased drug tests don't bother Bautista

They don't bother him because he doesn't cheat.  

On another note, is it true HGH can't be tested for?  Also, I know some of the illegal enhancements put on more muscle, and some greatly aid recovery.  Is there one that doesn't add to bulk, but does aid recovery?  

I don't believe Bautista has cheated.  At all.  But it would be one hell of an advantage to have a supplement that didn't put on bulk yet greatly aided recovery.  



Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:51 am
 

Increased drug tests don't bother Bautista

This guy needs everyone to see that hes not on steroids and IS the best hitter in the bigs right now.






Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:31 am
 

Increased drug tests don't bother Bautista

lot of the ex players that we all know that did drugs said the samething , because he knows thay we not test blood for drugs anytime soon
 



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Increased drug tests don't bother Bautista

Thank you Jose Bautista.  Rather than fight the program, embrace it and prove that you are not using an illegal substance.  It appears to me that the only people resisting the testing program are those who are using and the MLBPA, who is protecting those who are using.  Bautista should be hired (by MLB or better yet by the MLBPA, as if that would ever happen) to teach a class on attitude and how the testing policy has helped him to clear his name from the nattering naysaying nabobs of negativity that have doubted his integrity.  Jose, I am now a fan.  Would you consider a trade to Chicago?



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Increased drug tests don't bother Bautista

Braun lover's are gnashing teeth at this news.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Increased drug tests don't bother Bautista

BOMBTISTA doesn't care about drug tests just like the honey badger doesn't care about King Cobra's



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Increased drug tests don't bother Bautista

Joey Bats can smash homers without chemical help! This guy needs everyone to see that hes not on steroids and IS the best hitter in the bigs right now.



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