Therapeutic-Use Exemptions, or TUE, are something that players can get in order to take physician-approved substances that are otherwise banned by the Major League Baseball drug policy. The list of players who receive those exemptions is not made public, but Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wants it to be.
Gonzalez feels that the list is a matter of public record since, after all, they are taking substances that would otherwise be prohibited by baseball. Especially when realizing that all but two of last year’s 113 exemptions were related to ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Some might be cheating the system.
“I feel like TUEs should be (a matter of) public record,” Gonzalez told ESPN’s Buster Olney on Wednesday. “Not because they shouldn’t be allowed, but because we should all know the reasons why (players) are taking what they’re taking – and are allowed to take.”
As the article states, Gonzalez is the first player to come out publicly and ask for this level of transparency from Major League Baseball. And, to be honest, you can understand where he’s coming from. Gonzalez states that he’s a clean player, so he just wants to make sure people aren’t abusing the system.
Making the list public would also go a long way in informing fans willing to look into this aspect of baseball which drugs cross the line into “cheating”. Many fans take issue with how arbitrarily PEDs are defined and this bit of information could help with that understanding.
As baseball tries to come out of the Steroid Era, a stretch that actually saved baseball if you really think about it, it needs to crackdown on anyone trying to circumvent the rules by gaining TUEs in order to achieve an advantage that way. If Gonzalez has his way, transparency will be coming soon.