NEW YORK, NY — Managing to help curb substance abuse while generating badly needed revenue, MLB and the players’ union announced Monday that the leagues would not only begin listing “approved” supplements, but also sell them to players. NSF International, a testing lab used by the NFL, will ensure that the supplements are free of illegal material before selling them in team clubhouses.
The move ends criticism of MLB for not providing a “safe” list of supplements, which the NFL had been doing for years. Players testing positive for steroids have frequently blamed their results on “tainted” over-the-counter substances, even though none were ever named or offered for testing. With this move, however, players will now have to frame the clubhouse boy.