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Baseball Beefs Up Its Drug Suspensions, and Makes Other Changes to the Joint Drug Agreement

MLB News and Rumors

musclesMLB and the MLBPA today announced that they’ve altered the Joint Drug Agreement in a handful of pretty significant ways. The gist:


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  • First time positive tests are now met with an 80-game suspension. A second positive test gets you a full-season suspension (and no pay for that year). A third positive test gets you banned from MLB.
  • If you’re suspended in a given season for PEDs, you’re ineligible for the postseason (even if you’ve already returned to your team).
  • Players may argue before the arbitration panel that, with respect to certain banned substances, they didn’t take the substance to receive a performance-enhancing effect. If they’re successful, their suspension will be reduced. (I imagine we’ll see this come up frequently.)

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  • The volume of in-season random testing is doubling.

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