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MLB refutes Rays’ Carlos Gomez’s drug-testing complaint, says process is random

Gomez has questioned the process
Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez is congratulated after he scored on a single by first baseman Brad Miller during the ninth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field on April 20, 2018, in St. Petersburg. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez is congratulated after he scored on a single by first baseman Brad Miller during the ninth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field on April 20, 2018, in St. Petersburg. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published May 30, 2018|Updated May 30, 2018

Major League Baseball is sticking to its story, responding to Rays OF Carlos Gomez's complaints about the drug-testing process by insisting in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times that players are selected randomly:

"Our Joint Drug Program, which is negotiated with the Players Association, is independently administered and has random testing procedures in place with no regard for a player's birthplace, age, or any other factor. Every aspect of the test selection process is randomized and de-identified, and every player is included each time random selection is conducted.

"This results in some players being tested more often than others, but, as a whole, MLB players are tested more frequently than any athletes in professional sports."

Gomez, after being tested Tuesday for what he said was the sixth or seventh time in the first nine weeks of the season, called for MLB to come clean and stop insisting the players are selected randomly.

He had raised the point previously to the Times and on a Yahoo Sports podcast, saying that older and/or Hispanic players are chosen for testing more frequently.

"You can come any time; I'm available to do a drug test. But don't tell people it's random. That's the only complaint that I have," Gomez said Tuesday. "I have plenty of pee and plenty of blood. But don't say that's random, because it's not. So, tell the truth. It doesn't cost nothing."

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