Josh Thole will give way to Tim Byrdak as the Mets’ union representative this season, but the third-year catcher strongly supports the now-in-place adoption of HGH blood testing this season by MLB and the Players Association.
The Mets were tested for human growth hormone for the first time Wednesday under rules of the new collective bargaining agreement that was implemented in November.
“It’s not an issue at all for me, whether they do it in spring training or during the season,” Thole said Thursday. “The one thing that’s important for us as a unit is we should all want an even playing field.
“I can’t speak for everybody, but I can speak for myself and I can tell you this: Most guys are just saying whenever we do (the testing), we do it, but let’s just be sure there’s no gray area. During the steroid years, it was definitely becoming an unfair playing field. For the guys that actually spend all the time in the gym and really bust their butt and work hard, there should be a little reward at the end of not being overtaken by guys sticking a needle in themselves.”
Fascinating, blue collar players speaking out against the elite's (protected) use of PEDs. "Level playing field", how radical.