Weiner says increased penalties are ‘2014 issue’
Baseball players’ union head Michael Weiner says toughening
penalties for drug violations will have to wait until the 2014
”There are going to be talks. I don’t what the result is going
to be,” he said Sunday after meeting with the Baltimore Orioles as
part of his tour of the 30 spring training camps.
The current sanctions have been in place since the 2006 season:
50 games for a first offense, 100 for a second and a lifetime ban
for a third. Selig held a news conference Saturday and said he
wanted increased penalties as soon as possible.
”Starting this offseason, we had substantial discussion among
player leadership about whether the penalty structure we have is
right – whether there should be increases – whether there should be
a differential penalty for intentional or unintentional users,”
”That dialogue is continuing. We had some dialogue even with
the commissioner’s office in the offseason that didn’t lead to any
changes, and I suspect that we’ll have those discussions over the
course of the year,” he said. ”But it’s going to be a 2014 issue.
We’re not going to change the rules of the game in the middle of
the season. In a sense, the drug-testing season started with spring