Last week, Major League Baseball would suspend Robinson Canó for 80 games following a violation of their PED policy. And while they maintain their testing process is random, Rays outfielder Carlos Gómez isn’t having it. In fact, he claims MLB has their targets. Speaking on the Yahoo Sports MLB Podcast, Gómez elaborates while also recalling his own experience with testing.
“It’s not random. It’s not random. I can put my hand on fire, it’s not random.” But he doesn’t stop there. “They pick guys. I think it’s something the way you play, the way you act … I’m the oldest guy on the team. I get here earlier than everybody. Why? Because I have to work harder to maintain my body to support the rest of the season. When I do that and they come to you and have a drug test every time, you get furious. You get mad. One month into the season I got like seven drug tests. Something like that. Between five or seven. That’s not right. We have a guy on the team who for sure hasn’t had one drug test,” Gómez adds.
Meanwhile, Gómez is enduring another tough season at the age of 32 years old. He’s currently on the disabled list again, this time suffering from a groin injury. But when he’s been playing, the production hasn’t been there: .200/.252/.345 with four doubles, a triple and five home runs. This is a far cry from his 2013-14 campaigns with the Milwaukee Brewers, of course, when Gómez slashed .284/.347/.491 with 61 doubles, 14 triples, 47 home runs and 74 stolen bases. He’d also garner some MVP attention. Heck, this down season is even a far cry from his production just last season.
In 426 plate appearances for the Texas Rangers in 2017, Gómez put up a .255/.340/.462 triple-slash while racking up 23 doubles and 17 dingers. Of course, it’s not hard to see where Gómez is coming from. By June 1 of last season, Brewers’ first baseman Eric Thames would be tested five times. In fact, after finally hitting a home run for the first time in three weeks that year, MLB would hit him with a fifth “random” test.
Yet as MLB has shown us in the past, to them the ends justify the means. That’s not how things should work, but it’s hard to see things changing anytime soon.