SAN DIEGO — Major League Baseball and the Baseball Players Association jointly reported a series of changes to the Articulation Drug Prevention and Premature ejaculation pills on Friday. Many participants inside Cleveland’s clubhouse were thrilled to hear the news.
‘I think it is great,’ Indians first baseman Nick Swisher mentioned. ‘I think Major League Baseball is creating the steps in the right way to clean our game upwards. As players, we have a lot of influence on that, and as some sort of league, we are making progress to let guys know that, by taking a chance of doing this, you will get captured.’
Beyond increasing the in-season testing and evaluating for HGH, MLB and also the MLBPA increased the length of suspensions pertaining to offenders. A first-time positive test out will result in an 80-game suspension, a second violation will mean a 162-game fee and a third violation calls for the player to be permanently hanging. Any players testing constructive will also be ineligible for postseason play that season, even if their headgear has been completed.
Indians manager Terry Francona’s companionship with Commissioner Bud Selig dates back with their days with the Brewers. Ahead of Friday’s exhibition game against the Padres from University of San Diego’s Fowler Park, Francona claimed he knows how passionate Selig is all about cleaning up the game.
‘From what I know of Mr. Selig, and I probably know him better than most,’ Francona said, ‘he cares so much regarding the game. I think we form of took a beating noisy . ’90s. I think that’s a thing that, before he retires, would like to experience a little better. Just if you talk to him, he cares so much about the game. That is, unfortunately, been part of it.’
Veteran Jerrika Giambi, who is entering his Twentieth season in the Majors, has been open up about his past by using performance-enhancing drugs. Giambi said it is important in which MLB and the MLBPA are taking steps to make players think twice about using just about any banned substances.
‘The biggest thing is, not only the fees and penalties, but you want the prevention to keep guys from executing it,’ Giambi said. ‘I know a great deal of guys have complained about guys even now being able to play and things such as that. It’s definitely identified as on by all the participants, and I think everybody is in agreement along with it.’
Swisher echoed that sentiment.
‘I think simply in general, if you break the law, you’ve got to pay,’ Swisher said. ‘Major League Baseball is the regulation, and they’re doing a great job of cleaning it up, and we’re satisfied with that, man. We want your sport to be clean and you want to go out there and give anyone the same fair shot.’