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Drug Testing Program: Terms Settled By Tonight?
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
It looks like the Senate and the players association may have finally found a drug policy that they can both agree on. According to a statement to MLB.com by a “baseball official”, the policy could be agreed upon as early as tonight. The current policy, under which thirteen major leaguers have been reprimanded (including Matt Lawton and Rafael Palmeiro), threatens little more than a slap on the wrist: a ten day suspension for the first offense, thirty days for the second, sixty for the third, and a full year in the event you still haven’t learned your lesson. Considering that Olympic athletes are banned for life on their second offense, an increase in the severity of the drug policy seems long overdue for baseball and other pro sports.

The new policy will include additional tests and more comprehensive drug screening. The punishments will also be harsher. Once the bill is passed through the Senate, there will be a one year grace period for the MLB to toughen up the drug policy on their own before they will impose their guidelines. Commissioner Bud Selig’s proposal calls for a fifty game suspension for a first offense, one hundred for the second and a lifetime ban after the third offense, and while baseball union chief Don Fehr initially rejected the proposition he has apparently reconsidered.

A meeting is scheduled in Washington today between union officials and Representative Tom Davis to go over the new deal. If the terms are agreed upon, I think we can expect a sharp increase in the number of players penalized for drug abuse (due to the increase in tests) - - and a higher premium for any drugs or methods that mask the evidence of performance enhancing drugs during testing.
posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, November 15, 2005  
  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger Marc Normandin said…

    Hey there,

    I added a link to your site at Beyond the Box Score, but due to the nature of the alphabet, you are the last baseball site on the list. Hopefully it can generate you some more traffic!

    Keep up the good work by the way.

  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    thanks marc :) I'll add you as well - love the site!

    damn that alphabet....i think it's prejudiced...

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