MLB Increases Penalties for Drug Violations

By KBJR News 1

MLB Increases Penalties for Drug Violations

March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 7:54 PM CST

(NNCNOW.com) --- With opening day right around the corner, Major League Baseball has increased the penalties for violating rules regarding performance-enhancing drugs among other changes; it was announced on Friday.

A first-time offender of the substance violation penalty will now result in an 80-game ban, up from 50 games while a second violation will result in a 162-game suspension, up from 100 games.

In addition, any player who is suspended because of a performance-enhancing substance will not be allowed to play in the postseason.

"I am committed to constantly finding ways to improve the program in order to eradicate performance-enhancing drugs from the game," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

The number of in-season urine collections will increase from 1,400 to 3,200 beginning in 2014.

Posted by Sarah Wheeler
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