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Becky Reid: MLB’s drug testing is working, or it isn’t

To the editor:

Several Red Sox players have criticized their own collective bargaining agreement, insinuating that Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez is an illegal steroid-using player and that the appeals process, which allows an accused player to appeal a suspension and play until he gets a hearing, should be waived because Rodriguez is playing in a pennant race with an unfair advantage — PED enhanced performance.

Rodriguez is alleged to have purchased PEDs, not to have taken them, and he has passed Major League Baseball drug screens.

The Red Sox players who are complaining are, in essence, asking that their collective bargaining agreement be broken, going against one member, and in stating that Rodriguez is receiving an edge from PED use are insinuating that their agreed-to drug testing policy is not working because, if it were, Rodriguez would be failing the tests and, if that is so, then there are many other PED users in baseball flying around under the radar.

Becky Reid

Easthampton

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