Why just for minor league ballplayers? All or none, seems to me.
I guess that in the end the reason it’s only for minor leaguers is pretty simple — because they can with minor leaguers and they can’t with major leaguers. “They” being the folks who own the players.
As the Bulls' own Chris Richard and Elliot Johnson would agree, it isn’t as if the problem is pervasive. Baseball isn’t bicycling. They aren’t hanging bags of blood in the back of the bus — at least I hope they aren’t. And yet, even two professionals with a lot of time in the minor leagues can disagree on the approach being taken, as can fans.
First, having a lifelong phobia regarding hypodermic needles, the idea of a random blood test creeps me out. Peeing in a cup, OK. Been there, done that, welcome to the 21st Century workplace. But watching even a drop of blood leak out of my arm ...
Blood samples will be collected from the non-dominant arms of randomly selected players after games, and the samples will be shipped to the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City for analysis.Second, if there’s a problem it is surely much, much more important to clean things up from top to bottom, not bottom to top.