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New Steroid Policy: 50 For 1st Time, Lifetime For 3rd


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Major League Baseball players and owners agreed to toughen penalties for steroid use to a 50-game suspension for a first failed test and a lifetime ban for a third, The Associated Press learned.


The deal, which also adds testing for amphetamines, was described to the AP by two congressional aides on condition of anonymity because it had not been officially announced.


A formal announcement was planned for later Tuesday, a baseball official told the AP.


Baseball's current steroid penalties are a 10-day suspension for a first offense, 30 days for a second offense, and 60 days for a third. The earliest a player could be banned for life is a fifth offense.


The sport's second new steroids agreement in 10 months came after lengthy negotiations prompted by urging from Congress -- including the threat of legislation that would require higher penalties and stricter testing standards.





My hat is off to Bud throughout this whole controversy.

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A glance at Tuesday's drug-testing agreement between baseball players and owners, described to The Associated Press by two congressional aides:



Steroid Penalties

First positive test: 50-game suspension, up from 10 days.

Second positive test: 100-game suspension, up from 30 days.

Third positive test: Lifetime ban, with player having right to apply for reinstatement after two years and an arbitrator being able to review reinstatement decision. Under the previous agreement, the earliest a player could be suspended for life was for a fifth positive test.



Amphetamine Penalties (There was no testing for amphetamines in previous agreement)

First positive test: Mandatory additional testing.

Second positive: 25-game suspension.

Third positive: 80-game suspension.

Fourth positive: Commissioner's discretion, with an arbitrator being able to review.



Testing frequency


A player will be tested during spring training physicals and at least once during the regular season, with additional random testing. Under the previous agreement, each player was tested once from the start of spring training through the end of the regular season, with additional random testing. Both the new agreement and the previous deal provided for offseason testing.



Independent Administrator


A person not connected to management or the union will schedule and supervise the tests, which currently are administered by a join management-union committee.

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Test for amphetamines? Would exctasy make a player better? Not that they should be doing amphetamines anyway, but who would do that before ANY sport? Crazy.


Good policy though. It's about time.


Im pretty sure Amphetamine's control weight and they can be a stimulant, Im pretty sure (correct me if Im wrong) that fighter pilots in the armed forces use them before missions to keep them alert and such.

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Guest markotsay7

Much better policy than before, but I still want 100 on first offense and life for second.



Ideally it should be the rest of the year at first, life for second.


But neither yours nor mine would ever get approved.

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