Report: Thames gets 5th drug test after hitting 1st HR in 15 games
Thames, who has been relatively outspoken about the matter, appears to have been tested for what is at least the fifth time.
To his credit, the Milwaukee Brewers slugger has taken it in stride, saying that he thinks it's funny while questioning whether they are, in fact, truly random.
For what it's worth, the new collective bargaining agreement - ratified this past offseason - did increase the amount of testing players would undergo.
The issue of how random the tests have been was called into question earlier in the season by Henry Druschel of Beyond the Box Score, who used probability distribution to find Thames likely wasn't being targeted. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports drew similar conclusions, citing that tests for players on the 40-man roster are to increase by 50 percent under the new CBA.
The timing of this most recent one is undoubtedly noteworthy though.
The Brewers agreed to a three-year contract with Thames worth $16 million this offseason after he spent the past three years dominating the KBO and earning the nickname "God." Thames got off to a white-hot start in his return to MLB, posting a 1.276 OPS through his first month, but has since slipped in May.