Dozen drug tests don’t ding Duffy
Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy revealed Friday he’s been “randomly” drug-tested 12 times this season. That’s one for each start he’s made so far.
In revealing that information, Duffy also offered up a pretty funny quip to convey his confusion while also reiterating how seemingly nonsensical the process of who’s being tested and when really is.
“That’s 12 drug tests so far.. 12. Really keepin tabs. Im built like gumby guys i promise im not the one,” Duffy tweeted.
“Duffy, 6-3, 205, is far from the prototype for a player you’d suspect might be cheating the system,” wrote Mark Townsend of Big League Stew. “Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible either. But if Duffy has passed tests 11 times in three months, there doesn’t seem to be much point for a 12th test. That is unless somebody somewhere truly does suspect something.
“With that in mind, it’s not as if Duffy’s performance this season has significantly improved. In fact, his 3.51 ERA through 12 starts this season is identical to his 3.51 ERA in 26 starts and 16 relief appearances last season. His career ERA over seven seasons sits at 3.69, so while maybe not always consistent his numbers have at least been steady.
“If MLB’s drug testing truly is random, then perhaps Duffy should consider playing the lottery.”
Kansas City pitcher Danny Duffy has started 12 games this season. He’s also been drug-tested 12 times, but his numbers are consistent with 2016.