Yankees: MLB reportedly almost never tested for PEDs in 2020

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, one of just...the worst guys (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, one of just...the worst guys (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) /

Yankees fans will be extremely confused by the latest PED-related report on Rob Manfred’s negligence.

That Rob Manfred, folks. Isn’t he great! Every time you think you’re done with him, pow, another surprise around the bend for Yankees fans of all ages that tips the scales of competitive balance or devalues the trophy!

This time? We got the lovely news this weekend that one of the most widely-held conspiracies of the pandemic season … was completely true! How do you like that?!

At a certain point this summer, while the league’s coronavirus testing plan and safety measures were completely in flux, people began to muse about how well MLB was looking after its players during the lockdown. If they didn’t seem to care about player safety, did they care about, well, the other things we typically monitor during, before and after a typical season? Were players being watched at all, or might they be experimenting and pushing the boundaries on PEDs?

Turns out the league wasn’t really checking much at all! Reportedly, there were zero PED tests during the entire lockdown, and very few when the season resumed.

Well, gee, sure nobody took advantage of that policy! Hope your neck isn’t sore from looking the other way so forcefully, Commish.

After all, what should have we expected from Manfred’s attempt at juggling a few different pieces of the integrity puzzle?

This is the guy who claimed the World Series trophy is just a “hunk of metal.” This is the man who paved the way for Alex Cora and AJ Hinch to return after some nice, restful 60-game vacations. Heck, this is the man who agrees that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for PEDs in the 2003 survey, but claims that David Ortiz’s test in the exact same round might’ve been fraudulent? Why?

Hopefully, when we return to somewhat normalcy in 2021, the league’s PED policy is back in full strength, and we don’t just collectively decide to drop the charade and make them legal again with a wink and a nudge.

Didn’t even expect to be thinking about this, but it’s reality. Wonder who took the most advantage during the pandemic?