Selig calls for stricter drug penalties

Selig calls for stricter drug penalties
March 3, 2013, 11:30 am
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Melky Cabrera served a 50-game suspension after testing positive for PED last season with the Giants. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher penalties for major-leaguers who violate the sport's drug policy, a move the union is willing to consider but not for the 2013 season.

Speaking at a news conference Saturday at the Arizona Diamondbacks' spring training ballpark in Scottsdale, Selig said last year's positive drug test for All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera, then with the Giants, and allegations that players received banned substances from a now-closed Florida antiaging clinic helped lead him to seek stiffer penalties as quickly as possible.

He declined to give specifics, saying MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred and players union head Michael Weiner will meet.

The current discipline structure has been in place since the 2006 season: 50 games for an initial PED infraction, 100 games for a second and a lifetime ban for a third. No player has reached the third level.

Selig wants a tougher penalty for first-time offenders. "There's no question about that," he said.

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