• Weiner: May up penalties for failed drug tests

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Feb 25, 2013
    "On one hand, we do have the toughest penalties of any team sport," Weiner said. Baseball union head Michael Weiner said Monday there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating baseball's drug testing program. One area where increased attention helped encourage change was in testing for human growth hormone. Baseball union head Michael Weiner said Monday there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating baseball's drug testing program. Changes to the drug program must be approved by both Major League Baseball and the players' union. "One of the strengths of our Joint Drug Testing Program is that the bargaining parties have an ongoing dialogue about the program and potential changes that can make it even more effective," Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said in a statement. If it turns out that we have a different penalty structure because that's what players are interested in, that's what the owners are interested in, it will be for 2014."

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