Isn't the issue that MLBPA wouldn't agree to any sort of blood testing? I thought there already was a reliable blood test available.
According to the article MLBPA said that the tests weren't universally accepted by the scientific community.
A blood test has been in existence since the 2004 Athens Olympics, but baseball officials have said until now that its validity was not universally accepted by the scientific community.
"It's the first time and very significant," WADA director general David Howman said, regarding Newton's positive test and subsequent ban. "It shows the people who say that HGH cannot be detected that it can. The sports people who said it can't be detected are fooling themselves."
Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said the British finding blasts a hole in that thinking, according to the New York Daily News.
"All of us who have helped develop a test wouldn't put it in place if it wasn't forensically sound and reliable," Tygart said, according to the Daily News. "Particularly in [Newton's] case, it's proof positive the test works."
Looks like they will have to come up with a new reason now, but the PR hit would be bad.