MLB notebook: Drug penalties could stiffen
Baseball union head Michael Weiner said Monday there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating baseball's drug testing program.
“There are certainly some players who have expressed that,” Weiner said. “We've had discussions with the commissioner's office. If it turns out that we have a different penalty structure because that's what players are interested in, that's what the owners are interested in, it will be for 2014.”
Weiner spoke to the media after he met with the Toronto Blue Jays as part of his annual tour of spring training camps.
“On one hand, we do have the toughest penalties of any team sport,” Weiner said. “Fifty games is more than you'd see for the first time in football and hockey and basketball.
“More and more players are vocal about the desire to have a clean game. More and more players are vocal about being willing to accept sacrifices in terms of testing in order to make sure we have a clean game.''
Changes to the drug program must be approved by both Major League Baseball and the players' union.
“One of the strengths of our Joint Drug Testing Program is that the bargaining parties have an ongoing dialogue about the program and potential changes that can make it even more effective,” Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said in a statement. “We look forward to discussions with the MLBPA about changes that may be needed to respond to recent developments.”
Rivera ‘good' after session
Another batting practice session, and it was all “good” once again for Mariano Rivera.
The closer, who spoke enthusiastically about his first live BP session Friday, threw a 32-pitch one Monday.
“I felt real good,” Rivera said. “Location was good. Everything was good. Both (sessions) were good. Can't complain. I did what I wanted to do and the results were good.”
Rivera still is wearing a light brace on his right knee, something he will do into the foreseeable future. But the 43-year-old closer said his surgically repaired knee isn't bothering him in the least. In fact, he hasn't thought about it at all this spring.
Willis' comeback hits snag
The Cubs' Dontrelle Willis left because of a shoulder injury Monday just seven pitches into his latest comeback try.
The 2003 NL Rookie of the Year signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in January. He walked Nick Evans on six pitches to open the eighth inning and then threw one pitch to the next batter before trainers went out to the mound.
Umpire lineup reshuffled
Major League Baseball reshuffled its umpire roster for this season after the retirements of crew chiefs Ed Rapuano, Tim Tschida and Derryl Cousins.
Jim Joyce, Ted Barrett and Fieldin Culbreth have been promoted to crew chiefs. MLB also hired Vic Carapazza, Manny Gonzalez and Alan Porter as full-time staff members after they split time between the majors and minors in recent years.
Dickey makes Jays debut
NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey gave up two runs and four hits in his Toronto spring training debut, but he was outpitched by fellow knuckleballer Steven Wright for two innings in the Red Sox split squad's 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays.
Wright, a minor leaguer, gave up two hits and struck out three over two scoreless innings.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- MLB notebook: Braves trade OF Justin Upton to Padres
- MLB notebook: League sued for gender discrimination