Steroid penalties much tougher with agreement
WASHINGTON -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig got the tougher drug policy that he wanted and Congress demanded. Now a player who fails a steroid test will miss nearly a third of the season instead of a little more than a week.
Spurred by the threat of legislation, baseball players and owners agreed Tuesday to tougher penalties for steroid use next season, including 50 games for a first offense, 100 games for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third, plus testing for amphetamines.
That was baseball's public response to the steroids question. Here is the answer: players, GMs, trainers, doctors, the union and the commissioner himself. E-Ticket brings you ESPN The Magazine's report. Story