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Penalties for drug violations will wait until 2014 season

1:47 PM, Mar 3, 2013   |    comments
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks at a news conference at MLB headquarters on November 22, 2011 in New York City. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Weiner announced a new five-year labor agreement between the MLB and the MLBPA. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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(AP) - Baseball players' union head Michael Weiner says toughening penalties for drug violations will have to wait until the 2014 season.

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. 

Weiner says "it's going to be a 2014 issue" and "we're not going to change the rules of the game in the middle of the season." 

He spoke Sunday after meeting with the Baltimore Orioles as part of his tour of the 30 spring-training camps.











Associated Press

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