TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is pleased that substance abuse in baseball has gotten an airing out, and he believes there should be more stringent testing in the future.
``I think it was really important to get it out. Anytime you've got things hanging around in the closet, eventually you've got to get them flushed out,'' Moreno said Thursday at the Angels' camp.
``Are you going to get everybody? No. But at least it's a proactive attempt to finally get on the same page with the union and say, `There's no place for it.' Eight years they've been testing. The next thing is, obviously, you're going to have to have some blood tests.
``A lot of people spend more time trying to hide the stuff than they do making the stuff.''
There will be hurdles to blood testing.
``Part of it is privacy,'' Moreno said. ``There's still a lot of political stuff going on that needs to be shut down. Objectively, you can say this should happen, but that doesn't mean it's going to happen.''
Former Sen. George Mitchell released a report on drug use in baseball in December, then Roger Clemens' appearance before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform again focused the national spotlight on the game.
Los Angeles had only one player, Gary Matthews Jr., mentioned in the Mitchell Report, although several former Angels' names were included.
Matthews reportedly was sent human growth hormone in 2004, before it was banned by baseball, but he denies ever taking the substance. Major League Baseball said there was insufficient evidence to discipline him.
A different congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing on drugs in sports next week that is scheduled to include testimony from Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NBA commissioner David Stern and NHL commission Gary Bettman. Among the others scheduled to testify is Donald Fehr, head of the baseball players' union.
Moreno approves of the progress so far.
``There have been some real positive steps taken, but it has to carry on,'' he said.
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