March 4, 2013 |
Stricter drug penalties? Wait till next year. On Saturday, commissioner Bud Selig held a news conference and put on his ermine mantle of leadership to say he wanted increased punishments for cheaters as soon as humanly possible, if not sooner. On Sunday, players union head Michael Weiner said increasing penalties for drug violations would not happen until 2014. "We're not going to change the rules of the game in the middle of the season," Weiner said. "In a sense, the drug-testing season started with spring training.
February 24, 2010 |
The New York Times is reporting that Major League Baseball plans to test minor league players for human growth hormone. The newspaper, citing an unidentified baseball official with direct knowledge of the matter, reported on its Web site last night that MLB will implement blood tests that can reveal HGH use. On Monday, a British rugby league player became the first athlete to be suspended for using human growth hormone. Commissioner Bud Selig has used the minor leagues to introduce new steps against the use of performance-enhancing drugs before.
November 20, 2011 |
Baseball players and owners have reached a tentative verbal agreement on a five-year labor contract and hope to have a signed deal by next week. The agreement, the first for the union since Michael Weiner succeeded Donald Fehr as head last year, would replace the deal expiring Dec. 11 and would give baseball 21 years of labor peace since the 1994-95 strike. Under the agreement, there will be a new restraint on the amount of money a team spends each year to sign selections from the amateur draft, with teams going over a threshold being penalized with a type of luxury tax. In addition, there will be a separate restraint on the amount of money spent to sign international amateur free agents from nations such as the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Cuba.
September 18, 1991 |
Otis Nixon was given an unprecedented second chance by commissioner Fay Vincent after the Atlanta outfielder had a positive drug test in July. The commissioner said yesterday he was persuaded the test might be in error and "we were giving him the benefit of the doubt. " Nixon, however, was suspended Monday for 60 days after another test, taken Sept. 7, showed cocaine use six weeks later. Baseball officials said they didn't act on the first one because Nixon had passed more than 200 tests since 1987 and was involved with his aftercare program and his church.
December 18, 2007 |
A few days after admitting he used human growth hormone, Gary Bennett signed a free-agent contract yesterday to replace Mike Lieberthal as the Los Angeles Dodgers' backup catcher behind All-Star Russell Martin. Bennett, who played behind Lieberthal with the Phillies from 1995 to 2001, was among 85 players implicated last week in the Mitchell Report. He later told the Washington Post: "As far as the report is concerned to me, it's accurate. " Bennett, 35, played 59 games for St. Louis last season, batting .252 with two homers and 17 RBI. The Mitchell Report said Bennett bought two kits of HGH from former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski in 2003.
July 13, 2011 |
PHOENIX - Baseball's labor contract expires at the end of this season. So far, at least, that hasn't caused the tension and angst or created the headlines that have marked ongoing negotiations between the NFL and the NBA and their players. Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, met with members of the Baseball Writers Association of America yesterday. And while he cautioned that there is still work to be done, he also painted a picture of a sport that has largely moved beyond the sort of intransigent bargaining that occurred in previous years.
July 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - One of the most powerful men in baseball was wheeled to the front of the ballroom. A microphone was lowered to his height. Michael Weiner, the executive director of the players union, cannot walk. He cannot use the right side of his body. A tumor in his brain will kill him. It has not yet robbed him of his ability to speak, or to fight for his constituency in what promises to be tumultuous months ahead. Major League Baseball is finalizing its Biogenesis investigation, one that commissioner Bud Selig described as "aggressive.
November 23, 2011 |
BASEBALL players and owners signed an agreement for a new labor contract yesterday, a deal that makes baseball the first North American professional major league to start blood testing on human growth hormone and expands the playoffs to 10 teams by 2013. The 5-year deal collective bargaining agreement makes changes owners hope will increase competitive balance. An initial positive test for HGH would result in a 50-game suspension, the same as a first positive urine test for a performance-enhancing substance.
July 20, 2013
The players union may not go to bat for every player involved in baseball's latest drug investigation, especially the obvious cheaters. In an interview with the New York Daily News on Wednesday, union boss Michael Weiner said the MLB Players Association was "not interested" in protecting players for whom overwhelming evidence exists that they used performance-enhancing drugs. "I can tell you, if we have a case where there really is overwhelming evidence that a player committed a violation of the program, our fight is going to be that they make a deal," Weiner told the newspaper.