In the Crosshairs: Baseball's Drug Test

Baseball finally put in place a drug-testing policy. Does it go far enough?

Updated: March 13, 2003, 6:41 PM ET
By By Luke Cyphers, ESPN The Magazine
In the 1960s, it was amphetamines in the clubhouse. In the '80s, suspensions for cocaine. In the '90s, rumors of steroid abuse shadowed the home run boom. And so this year, baseball finally joined the NFL, NBA and IOC in testing for drugs. But before the first sample could be collected, the death of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler from heatstroke on an 81 day in Florida exposed the new policy as fraught with contradictions and confusion. Which makes it just like drug testing in other sportsor the nation's drug laws.