Baseball Owners, Players Toughen Drug Policy

They agree to more tests; players in Mitchell Report are spared
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 8:54 AM CDT
Baltimore's Jay Gibbons, left, and Kansas City's Jose Guillen, right, wearing a Seattle Mariners uniform, have had their 15-day suspensions dropped.   (AP Photo/File)
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(Newser) – Clubs and players agreed yesterday to toughen Major League Baseball's anti-doping policy, the AP reports. Players will be tested more frequently without notice, and the game's outside administrator—a position created in 2005 to oversee testing—will get more authority. As part of the deal, all of the players named in the Mitchell Report have been given amnesty.

They will, however, have to perform some kind of community service. "It is time for the game to move forward," said MLB commissioner Bud Selig. "There is little to be gained at this point in debating dated misconduct and enduring numerous disciplinary proceedings." The agreement also ensures that the names of players being investigated will be kept private until any future investigations are concluded.