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Acting on Mitchell report, MLB cracks down on clubhouse security

1/7/2008 - MLB

NEW YORK -- Acting on recommendations in the Mitchell
report, Major League Baseball cracked down on clubhouse security
Monday in an effort to prevent the use of performance-enhancing
drugs.

Among the changes: Teams will no longer be notified the night
before drug testing personnel arrive, and all clubs must have a
designated area in home and visiting clubhouses for tests to be
collected. The collectors will be given permanent credentials to
expedite their access.

Baseball also implemented background checks and random drug
tests for all clubhouse employees, and teams now will be required
to log all packages sent to clubhouses at major league ballparks.

Teams must give baseball's policy on "Disclosing Information
Relating to the Use, Possession or Distribution of Prohibited
Substances" to all employees, and the policy must be posted in the
clubhouse.

In his report last month on doping in baseball, former Senate
majority leader George Mitchell recommended several measures to
toughen the sport's drug program.

"These security and logistical changes are important additional
steps in combating the illegal use of performance-enhancing
substances," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "Major
League Baseball is pleased to act on the recommendations made by
Senator Mitchell as part of its ongoing clubhouse security
procedures."

Selig also said more changes are coming based on Mitchell's
recommendations.

The new clubhouse security plan was announced on the same day
Roger Clemens held a news conference in Houston to discuss
allegations against him in the Mitchell Report.