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Yes we talked about how not one.
Blair was abducted in the baseball hall paying this year -- Major League Baseball now making some major changes with drug testing requirements.
EM -- -- throwing a curve -- by announcing that in addition offseason.
And spring training players will now be subjected to rein in -- drug testing.
During the season as well some flares are crying foul arguing the task.
Are so strenuous it actually could hurt their performance but could be the -- -- the league needs to restore the old its story and joining me now.
-- involved former Cincinnati Reds pitcher and World Series champion great to have you I would.
I'm Melissa thanks for having me what -- requirements before.
Up until 2003.
There was no drug testing.
There was no.
Testing for steroids amphetamines or any kind of even social drugs whether they relieve -- Not and in a lot of it wasn't done.
Because really that'd be the business was booming.
-- strike canals of -- representative in 94.
Back then the business was great two billion dollars a year now it's seven and a half billion dollars a year so really.
A lot of the drug testing is to keep up appearances for the fans.
So now of course the players are crying foul saying that this is really strenuous and what's involved in having a drug test does it take -- Mittal on your body -- they just take -- blood or urine.
Well up until the last couple of.
Years when they decided to -- CH where they they have a almost -- -- method.
When they they take it from -- blood but assesses is much is given below letter.
Her you know go to the doctor repeated a cup by -- there's no big.
I don't know how strenuous that could be on the athletes.
Wow still isn't it now they could just do that at any point in time whatsoever they change the rules do you think that this is going to go along way to making the fans feel better.
About you know what has become my tarnished reputation.
The tarnished reputation as with the media only and I -- I mean.
-- -- -- -- But my father was a newsman for fifty years back east mandate you know that the whole thing is there's a perception the games dirty.
While they you know go back ten years.
The players asked to be tested they never wanted another work stoppage -- -- the money was way too good Melissa guys -- making -- losing weight too much money.
And the fundamental difference between -- -- baseball is.
If -- sign a five year contract for a hundred million dollars you have to pay me in football if I can't physically play.
I I'm not gonna get paid so that's why baseball.
To keep up appearances.
Test for steroids.
They didn't even so that's it was believe it until it really we don't know yet that cares about it is that your bottom line naming -- the media -- I don't -- the bottom line.
Because I like it.
It evens the playing field but as far as the attendance of 2010.
Eighty million people -- a Major League games and forty million people -- a minor league game.
The closure of Y one YY and is the game correspondingly who are they doing this drug testing were the only ones that care about it we're the only ones that are making a big deal out of it -- ignore the media who cares.
What allows a player represented -- this was the argument back in the early ninety's that the majority of players were cheating they were taken performance enhancing drugs -- a seven year career.
When my arm bailed out was done -- thirty but then guys are -- -- 35 and forty.
And you'll love this the business end of it.
Some guys made another hundred million dollars in their career.
I would have loved to have done that I would have -- -- -- this though permit eight it's more question listen if you test for the drugs and steroids and you even the playing field.
Then it's more competitive.
Fans will join the game and a lot of these records that were shattered in the ninety's and into the two thousands that's not gonna occur anymore.
So you know we it -- gonna restore the confidence and bring more money to the league that was our money -- question you're supposed to stay on a scale of you know one to money.
So tell me what you think is gonna restore although you're saying that it was -- tarnished anyway it's just you don't know damn media's fault no.
-- -- -- All of them the media wants to make you think that the game is is dirty in some certain way narrow band through the -- it's really for the bailout money -- yeah.
Exactly the money meter is off the dark blue because -- -- make it over seven and a half billion dollars you know that was just ten years ago.
Rob -- come -- time we appreciate your time.
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