Anthony Rizzo wants more drug testing in wake of Starling Marte PED suspension

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended 80 games Tuesday after failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs. Predictably, baseball players have since voiced their opinions on everything, from Marte to punishments and so on.

One player who offered some criticism -- not of Marte, but of the testing system at large -- was Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo's beef? Not enough testing. Here's what he said, per CSN Chicago:

"Me, personally, I haven't been tested since the season started," Rizzo said. "It's been a solid two months now. It's a random drug test and I'll probably be drug-tested a week from now, because I'm saying this. But for me, it's 15 minutes. We should be getting drug-tested a lot more."

Rizzo is certainly not alone in the sentiment. For as long as players have been aware of cheating, some (many?) have wanted expansive testing. The thinking being that they have nothing to hide, and that those who are juicing -- or who are thinking about it -- would be dissuaded by more expansive testing.

Of course, these sorts of things are ultimately collectively bargained with the league. But if enough players feel the way Rizzo does, don't be surprised if the union (yes, the union) pushes for more tests in the near future.  

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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