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MLB Reaches Deal to Avoid Strikes for 5 Years

Contract will make it 26 years of MLB peace

(Newser) - Baseball players and owners reached a tentative agreement on a five-year labor contract Wednesday night, a deal that will extend the sport's industrial peace to 26 years since the ruinous fights in the first two decades of free agency. After days of near round-the-clock talks, negotiators reached a verbal... More »

Mom of Former Mets Pitcher Kidnapped

Victor Zambrano's mother snatched off his Venezuelan farm

(Newser) - The mother of former Major League Baseball pitcher Victor Zambrano has been abducted in Venezuela. Elizabeth Mendez Zambrano was kidnapped yesterday morning from her son's farm in central Venezuela, reports AP . Dozens of US major leaguers come from Venezuela, where families of wealthy athletes are targeted by kidnappers. Zambrano pitched... More »

Fehr's Whiff on Steroids Tarnishes Great Legacy

(Newser) - If not for one pesky scandal, “Don Fehr might rightly be hailed as one of the greatest leaders in the history of American labor,” Ken Rosenthal writes for Fox Sports of the retiring baseball players union boss. “Alas, he missed on steroids, missed about as badly as... More »

Fehr, Head of Baseball Players Union, Will Retire

(Newser) - Baseball players union chief Donald Fehr said today he’ll retire by March 31, the New York Times reports. His likely replacement as executive director will be Michael Weiner, the union’s general counsel. In Fehr’s 26 years at the helm, the average player salary rose from $289,000... More »

Players OK More Drug Tests

Tougher doping rules kick in immediately

(Newser) - Baseball players agreed to more frequent drug tests yesterday and gave more clout to the drug program's independent administrator, the AP reports. The tougher guidelines follow recommendations made in the Mitchell Report and mark the third time the league has toughened its doping policy since 2002—each time under the... More »

Selig Wants to Avoid Repeat of 2005 Hearings

Commish hopes Congress sees Mitchell Report as progress

(Newser) - It has been nearly three years since MLB commissioner Bud Selig was taken to task by members of Congress for allowing steroids to permeate the nation’s pastime. But while Selig has toughened the league’s stance on PEDs and commissioned George Mitchell to investigate baseball’s steroids era, the... More »

Rocket Refused to Address 'Roids Allegations: Mitchell

Players were notified of accusations in advance

(Newser) - Roger Clemens twice declined entreaties by George Mitchell to respond to allegations that he had used steroids, USA Today reports. Mitchell said that last summer and fall, as his investigation developed, he sent the players union requests to interview players who faced accusations of drug use. Clemens never responded, Mitchell... More »

Mitchell Report Will Be Flawed, Insiders Say

Players, others complain of missteps in the investigation

(Newser) - George Mitchell is poised to release his long-awaited report on steroid use in baseball—but many of those interviewed by his investigators have serious doubts it will solve anything, reports ESPN's Howard Bryant. Players, trainers and managers say the 20-month investigation has been hamstrung by tension between owners and the... More »

MLB Now in Possession of Mitchell Report

Steroid investigation findings to be made public Thursday

(Newser) - Major League Baseball is finally in possession of the much-anticipated steroid report produced by George Mitchell, 21 months after the former senator was commissioned to investigate the use of performing-enhancing drugs in the pro game. Baseball officials are expected to review the document for 48 hours before it is released... More »

Two Players Suspended for PED Buys

15-day penalties may indicate severity of Mitchell punishments

(Newser) - Baltimore's Jay Gibbons and Kansas City's recently signed José Guillén were publicly given 15-day suspensions for having acquired HGH and steroids; Commissioner Bud Selig passed the sentences despite any positive drug tests from either player. Instead, documentary evidence indicates they received shipments after baseball's drug rules went into effect,... More »

Ex-Commish Kuhn Headlines HOF Class

Former adversary and players' union head Miller rejected, again

(Newser) - Former commissioner Bowie Kuhn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the overhauled Veteran’s Committee, along with former owners Walter O’Malley and Barney Dreyfus and ex-managers Dick Williams and Billy Southworth. Noticeably rejected from the hall was former players’ union head Marvin Miller, who vigorously fought... More »

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