WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A new performance-enhancing drug deterrent was announced by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association on Friday.
The penalty for first-time offenders of the league’s PED policy has been stiffened from 50 games to 80 games.
And additional measure prevents PED violators who serve their suspensions in-season from being able participate in postseason play during the same calendar year, as was the case when Jhonny Peralta returned from a 50-game suspension in Sept. 2013 to make the Tigers 40-man playoff roster.
Two-time PED violators will receive a 162-game suspension, along with a 183-day loss of pay, which is an increase from the previous 100-game suspension.
A third violation will result in a lifetime suspension from Major League Baseball.
The new precedent was established in January, it seems, when Alex Rodriguez received a 162-game suspension as a second-time PED policy offender.
Also, the frequency of blood tests, inspecting for HGH, will increase to 400 random collections per year, in addition to the 1,200 mandatory collections currently conducted during Spring Training.
“Experience proves that increased penalties alone are not sufficient,” said MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark. “That’s why the Players pushed for a dramatic increase in the frequency and sophistication of our tests, as well as comprehensive changes in a number of other areas of the program that will serve as a deterrent.
“Make no mistake, this agreement underscores the undisputed reality that the Players put forward many of the most significant changes reached in these negotiations because they want a fair and clean game.”
It should be noted that Clark, a former player, was approved by the players as the new head of the MLBPA on Thursday.
Read the full press release here.