Major League Baseball players expect to discuss changes to the disciplinary portion of the game’s drug testing program when the union holds its annual executive board meetings in New York this week.
But any proposed changes from the Players Association’s side are likely to focus more on ensuring that offenders get caught than increasing the penalties for failed tests, baseball sources said.
Two prominent player representatives, Kansas City pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano, told ESPN.com that they think MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program is having the desired effect as a deterrent to performance-enhancing drug use. Under the terms of the agreement, a first-time offender receives a 50-game suspension without pay. The penalty increases to 100 games for a second failed test, and a third positive test carries a lifetime ban.
...“There’s always something to be gained by using steroids or performance-enhancing drugs, and some players are going to feel like it’s in their best interests to take that risk,” said Guthrie, who serves as one of two MLBPA-wide reps along with Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees. “But I still think 50 games without pay is significant, not only in lost wages but in lost potential wages for a player.
“Melky Cabrera is a player who would have gotten a much longer contract if not for his positive drug test, so I think the penalties (for PED use) are significant. As such, the game is much cleaner, and MLB and the union are making the progress they hoped the testing would provide.”
Posted: November 26, 2012 at 02:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
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