Friday, March 28, 2008

Additional details on revised MLB drug policy

While the news of a possible change in the MLB drug policy came out a few days back, little was said and it wasn't a done deal. As of today, it's still not (yet) a done deal but at least we have some additional color on what the changes will be. Of course, anytime these two sides try to tango, it gets ugly, so who knows if anything will be agreed to.

As of a few days ago, the commissioner’s office and the union were close to a deal in which none of the active players linked to banned substances in the report would be disciplined. The union would accept increased year-round drug testing and other measures...
That lawyer also said the union had agreed to increased year-round testing to supplement the minimum of two tests — one during spring training and one during the regular season — now required of each player.

Under the current program, there are only about 60 out-of-season tests conducted, a glaring hole in the sport’s testing regimen, antidoping experts have said. <
It seems that the issue about independent testing remains a sticking point, sort of: both sides don't want it. This was a direct recommendation by the Mitchell Report so it remains something that might rear its head again down the road. Stay tuned.

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