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.