Steroid solution: daily or weekly testing

Daily or weekly steroid testing might be the only way to restore faith in the game of baseball.

Originally Published: December 3, 2004
By Tom Candiotti | Special to ESPN Insider
Steroid use in baseball is back in the news with a vengeance, and one question Major League Baseball needs to address is this: How can we restore faith in the game?

I've thought about this issue a lot. How can baseball really clean up steroid use? Should every player have to pee in a cup before each game?

As I see it, that might be the only way to restore the credibility and integrity the game has lost. Or maybe you'd start with once-a-week testing for everyone. But MLB needs more than the random testing that began in 2003.

If every player were tested weekly or even daily, we'd have a much better chance of knowing who's using and who's clean. It's true that sophisticated steroids can sometimes escape detection, but the teeth of more regular testing would go a long way toward regaining the trust of fans.

Tom Candiotti provides analysis for select ESPN Major League Baseball coverage, working at various games throughout the season. Candiotti joined ESPN's baseball coverage team in 2001, shortly after closing the door on his 17-year pitching career.

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