Dodgers mock Madison Bumgarner with “#DontLookAtMe” t-shirts

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Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was at it again during Monday night’s start against the Dodgers. After getting Yasiel Puig to ground out to end the inning, Bumgarner began yelling at Puig, who hadn’t done anything to provoke the outburst. Bumgarner yelled, “Don’t look at me. Don’t look at me. Don’t f-ing look at me,” which caused both benches to empty. Order was eventually restored and the Giants would go on to suffer a heartbreaking 2-1 walk-off loss.

At least three Dodgers — Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jose De Leon — decided to mock Bumgarner for Monday night’s incident, wearing shirts with the hashtag, “#DontLookAtMe.”

Gonzalez said in an on-field interview after the win that Bumgarner “needs to do a better job of getting in the dugout.”

By the way, that wasn’t the first dust-up between Bumgarner and Puig. Puig homered off of Bumgarner on May 9, 2014. Bumgarner presumably didn’t like Puig’s bat toss, so the two exchanged pleasantries. On September 24 later that season, Bumgarner hit Puig in the first inning. They exchanged more pleasantries and Puig attempted to meet up with Bumgarner but was restrained by catcher Buster Posey and the home plate umpire. Both benches emptied.

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.