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MLBPA's Michael Weiner Says Tougher PED Penalties Must Wait Until Next Season
Published March 4, 2013
ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE: USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale writes, "We are witnessing another pivotal moment in the relationship between major league players and the commissioner's office." Players are telling Weiner that they are "sick of it." Veterans are "demanding harsher penalties," and they are "increasingly aggravated that their sport has the toughest testing policy of any North American league but can't shake the scrutiny the tainted minority attracts." Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman said, "If you want hardship penalties, I'm all for that. Nobody wants to watch cheaters. Those guys make those of us who don't cheat, don't use, look worse." Nightengale notes Selig "won't say it publicly, but he wants that first-time suspension doubled to 100 games." A second positive test would ban a player "forever from the game, just like Pete Rose" (USA TODAY, 3/4). Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia said, "I want all the young kids and everybody to see baseball as pure and everybody that they see, they can look up to them. I don't want those kids looking down on their role models. It's upsetting, man." Pedroia "isn't sure whether stiffer penalties would work," but he "supports the idea of baseball going after cheaters to a greater degree" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/4).