Two years ago, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander was asked about the suspension of Dee Gordon, then an outfielder with the Miami Marlins.
Verlander, who was with the Detroit Tigers at the time, wanted tougher testing and penalties for players who used performance-enhancing drugs.
"I think the players, mostly, we're all together. We want a clean game," Verlander told ESPN. "And us and the players association have pushed to where it is now. I think a lot of people will think the other way around. No, it's the players pushing. We've pushed the system to where it's at. And we still want it to be (better). I mean, we have the best testing system in the world right now. Is it good enough? No."
Perhaps then it's no surprise that Verlander tweeted shortly after the news Tuesday that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano had violated Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement and was being suspended 80 games.
And it was a snarky tweet at that. Verlander wrote: "Aaaand excuse coming in 3..... 2...... 1......"
Sure enough, Cano tweeted that he had made a mistake, although it actually came shortly before Verlander's post.
In that 2016 interview with ESPN, Verlander said he's always careful about what he eats.
"I don't worry about it. Test me every day," Verlander said. "I don't care. I've been that way my whole career."