MLBPA Considering Making PED Penalties More Severe
A.P. / 2-25-13
DUNEDIN, Fla. ó Baseball union head Michael Weiner says thereís active discussion about increasing the penalties for violating baseballís drug testing program.
Weiner says Monday after meeting with the Toronto Blue Jays players have expressed interest in making the sanctions for failed drug tests more severe. He also says there have been discussions with Major League Baseball about possible changes that could take place in 2014. Under current rules, a player gets a 50-game suspension for a first offense when testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
According to the article, Weiner says players have little patience seeing other players trying to cheat.
So, what should the penalty/penalties be? I've heard players say the best way to get their attention is with money. Instead of a 50-day suspension, how about 365 days, and without pay? No minor league play either.