MLB Drug Suspension Trends

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Major League Baseball’s drug policy was a joint venture between the MLB Players Association and the MLB Commissioners Office.

The goal of this program when it was adopted in the spring of 2006 was to deter and ultimately end the use of banned substances which included illegal drugs and anabolic steroids in baseball.

With the recent opioid epidemic surfacing in the US today it is apparent that drug use is prominent not only in society but also there is a huge opportunity to educate and inform everyone about the dangers of illegal drug use and performance enhancing drugs in sports.

Below are some alarming player suspension statistics for the last 10 years with regards to violations of MLB’s Drug Policy:

  • 2016 – 13
  • 2015 – 6
  • 2014 – 1
  • 2013 – 15
  • 2012- 8
  • 2011- 2
  • 2010 – 2
  • 2009 – 4
  • 2008 – 3
  • 2007 – 8
  • 2006 – 3

During this 10-year period, there has been approximately 173 suspensions associated with MLB baseball players testing positive for a substance on MLB banned substance list.

With only 30 teams in MLB and 25 players on the active roster of each and the playoff season the roster expands to a 40-man extended roster, one could see the opportunity for individuals to test positive over the years.

Major League Baseball along with other professional sports leagues have been making a conscious effort to do their due diligence when it comes to illegal and performance enhancing drugs.


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