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Baseball’s boss seeks tough call on drugs

Baseball’s boss seeks tough call on drugs

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 7:00 pm

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher penalties for major leaguers who violate the sport’s drug agreement, a move the union is willing to consider but not for the 2013 season.
Speaking at a news conference Saturday at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ spring training ballpark, Selig said last year’s positive drug test for All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera and allegations players received banned substances from a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic helped lead him to seek stiffer penalties as quickly as possible.
He declined to give specifics, saying MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred and players’ union head Michael Weiner will meet.
Weiner said Monday that some players have expressed support for tougher penalties. Selig said he was encouraged by Weiner’s comments.
“The players have been discussing whether changes in the penalties are warranted since the offseason,” Weiner said Saturday during a telephone interview. “As I’ve said throughout spring training, there’s a variety of player views on this subject. In fact, during the offseason we suggested to the commissioner’s office the possibility of differential penalties, namely advanced penalties for certain intentional violations but reduced penalties for negligent violations.
“That format was not of interest to MLB at that time. We look forward to ongoing negotiations over the drug program, but any change in the penalties would be a 2014 issue. It would be unfair to change the drug-testing rules now that the 2013 program has begun to be implemented.”

Published in The Messenger 3.5.13

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