Carlos Gomez blasts MLB drug testing policy: ‘It’s not random’
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez put Major League Baseball’s drug testing policy on blast during an appearance this week on Yahoo Sports’ “MLB Podcast.”
Perhaps most alarming about Gomez’s comments is his claim he’s been tested between five and seven times already this season, which leads the 32-year-old veteran to believe there is nothing random about the purported randomness of the testing. In fact, Gomez believes random drug testing targets older and Latin players.
“It’s not random. It’s not random. I can put my hand on fire, it’s not random,” Gomez told Jeff Passan on the podcast. “They pick guys. I think it’s something the way you play, the way you act … I’m the oldest guy on the team. I get here earlier than everybody. Why? Because I have to work harder to maintain my body to support the rest of the season.
“When I do that and they come to you and have a drug test every time, you get furious. You get mad. One month into the season I got like seven drug tests. Something like that. Between five or seven. That’s not right. We have a guy on the team who for sure hasn’t had one drug test.”
Gomez’s controversial remarks of course come in the wake of Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension handed down last week for testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask the presence of other banned substances. Interestingly, Gomez is not the only veteran player to criticize MLB’s drug policy in the wake of Cano’s suspension.
It will be interesting to see the reactions from Gomez’s comments, especially amid the continued fallout from the Cano situation.