A glance at Tuesday's drug-testing agreement between baseball
players and owners:
• First positive test -- 50-game suspension, up from 10 days.
• Second positive test -- 100-game suspension, up from 30 days.
• Third positive test -- Lifetime ban, with player having right to
apply for reinstatement after two years and an arbitrator being
able to review reinstatement decision. Under the previous
agreement, the earliest a player could be suspended for life was
for a fifth positive test.
• In addition, a conviction for possession carries a 60-to-80 game penalty, while a second offense carries a 120-game to one-year penalty. A third offense nets the offender a lifetime ban. If a player is convicted for distribution, he will be suspended 80-to-100 games, while a second offense equals a lifetime ban.
(There was no testing for amphetamines in previous agreement)
• First positive test -- Mandatory additional testing.
• Second positive -- 25-game suspension.
• Third positive -- 80-game suspension.
• Fourth positive -- Commissioner's discretion, with an arbitrator
being able to review.
• In addition, a conviction for possession carries a 15-to-30 game penalty, while a second offense carries a 30-to-90 game penalty. A third offense nets the offender a one-year ban, while a fourth offense equals punishment at commissioner's discretion. If a player is convicted for distribution, he will be suspended 60-to-90 games, while a second offense equals a two-year ban and punishment for a third offense is commissioner's discretion.
A player will be tested during spring training physicals and at
least once during the regular season, with additional random
testing. Under the previous agreement, each player was tested once
from the start of spring training through the end of the regular
season, with additional random testing. Both the new agreement and
the previous deal provided for offseason testing.
A person not connected to management or the union will schedule
and supervise the tests, which currently are administered by a join
-- The Associated Press contributed to this glance.