All players who enter the program are placed on the Clinical track, except when a player tests positive for steroids, does not comply with the initial evaluation, cooperate in his treatment, is convicted or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to the sale or use and prohibited substance, or participates in the sale or distribution of any banned substance. In that event, the player is placed in the Administrative Track. HPAC has the discretion to place a player in the Administrative Track in any other event, but not solely on the basis that the player is in an inpatient treatment program. Transfer to the Administrative track is contingent on a majority vote, and in the case of a tie, a fifth member must cast a vote based on reasonable cause and cannot consider past practice. These votes are tallied and set forth in progressing games
Remember, nothing is alleged to--or can have--happened to all of MLB over some one or two seasons: the claim is that PEDs were being used at a slowly but steadily increasing rate (and thus "distorting records") from very roughly 1980 through the present. Were that so, or anything like it, we would expect to see a clear long-term uptrend during this period. But we don't: we see a nearly flat line that, if anything, slopes slightly down. The "boost" just isn't there. But that doesn't seem to stop anyone from talking about it.
It might not happen this month, it might not happen next month, it might not happen until sometime next year. Because right now, in the dead of winter, the Marlins aren’t particularly stressed by the enormous debt their franchise has compiled, and they have time to look for the trade that best fits their needs. They have the freedom to ask the Giants for pitcher Tyler Beede and first baseman Chris Shaw and insist they take on all or most of Stanton’s salary. The Marlins can propose the Cardinals surrender their top pitching prospects. They can ask the Red Sox for Rafael Devers , because early in the winter, you can ask for anything.