(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.