Saturday, November 19, 2005

MLB implements tough new steroid penalties

After getting whacked around by the US Congress and many observers, Major League Baseball and its players union have agreed to implement a new steroid policy that seems to have some teeth. Proposed earlier this year by Bud Selig, the new agreement includes the following penalties:

- 50 games for first offense
- 100 games for the second offense
- Lifetime ban for the third offense (can be appealed after 2 years)

MLB has also added some penalties for players detected of useing amphetamines. First positive test will require mandatory additional testing, second offense will yield a 25-game suspension and a third offense will see the player suspended for 80-game suspension.

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