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#pounditTuesday, October 4, 2022

Carlos Gomez says MLB drug testing isn’t random, targets specific players

Carlos Gomez thinks that something is fishy with Major League Baseball’s supposedly random drug testing policy.

In an appearance Tuesday on the Yahoo! Sports MLB Podcast, the Tampa Bay Rays veteran stated bluntly that the league’s drug tests were not random at all.

“It’s not random. It’s not random. I can put my hand on fire, it’s not random,” Gomez told host Jeff Passan. “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,” he continued. “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.”

The former All-Star Gomez, 32, is batting just .200 with five home runs and 11 RBIs for Tampa Bay this season, his 12th in the league. He is currently on the 10-day disabled list with an injured groin muscle.

Interestingly, Gomez’s comments come just a few months after another Rays player hinted at being disproportionately targeted for random tests as well.


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