The Orioles will pay their stadium workers for the games affected by civil unrest

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In the wake of the civil unrest in Baltimore, the Orioles had to postpone two games against the White Sox and played a third against them with no fans. Then they moved three games against the Rays to Tampa Bay. While this affected baseball games and fans, it also affected stadium workers, almost all of whom are paid by the hour and who don’t get paid if games aren’t played.

At the time of the postponements, many people wondered about what would happen to hourly workers, many of whom use stadium work as a second job to make ends meet. Our own Bill Baer organized a Gofundme drive as a means of helping out and many in the community voiced concern. Now, however, the Orioles have stepped up :

While many people said the O’s should do this two weeks ago, it wasn’t quite as simple as just writing a check. Most stadium employees are not employed directly by the club but, rather, by third party vendors. There is enough weird labor history and complicated business arrangements between vendors, clubs and stadium authorities to render any decision along these lines potentially problematic.

It’s good to see whatever concerns there were along those lines were dealt with and the folks who suffer for the loss of baseball games far more than Peter Angelos or fans who can afford major league tickets are being looked out for.

MLB, union resume blood testing after pandemic, lockout

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NEW YORK – In the first acknowledgment that MLB and the players’ association resumed blood testing for human growth hormone, the organizations said none of the 1,027 samples taken during the 2022 season tested positive.

HGH testing stopped in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Testing also was halted during the 99-day lockout that ended in mid-March, and there were supply chain issues due to COVID-19 and additional caution in testing due to coronavirus protocols.

The annual public report is issued by Thomas M. Martin, independent program administrator of MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program. In an announcement accompanying Thursday’s report, MLB and the union said test processing is moving form the INRS Laboratory in Quebec, Canada, to the UCLA Laboratory in California.

MLB tests for HGH using dried blood spot testing, which was a change that was agreed to during bargaining last winter. There were far fewer samples taken in 2022 compared to 2019, when there were 2,287 samples were collected – none positive.

Beyond HGH testing, 9,011 urine samples were collected in the year ending with the 2022 World Series, up from 8,436 in the previous year but down from 9,332 in 2019. And therapeutic use exemptions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder dropped for the ninth straight year, with just 72 exemptions in 2022.

Overall, the league issued six suspensions in 2022 for performance-enhancing substances: three for Boldenone (outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Rondon, all free agents, for 80 games apiece); one each for Clomiphene (Milwaukee catcher Pedro Severino for 80 games), Clostebol (San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for 80 games) and Stanozolol (Milwaukee pitcher J.C. Mejia for 80 games).

There was an additional positive test for the banned stimulant Clobenzorex. A first positive test for a banned stimulant results in follow-up testing with no suspension.