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Published April 5, 2016
CHEW ON THAT: In Newark, Jonathan Salant reports U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) marked Opening Day by "calling for a ban on smokeless tobacco" in all MLB ballparks. Pallone urged both MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark to "ban smokeless tobacco on the field and in the dugout" following similar legislation in N.Y., Boston, Chicago, L.A. and S.F. (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 4/5). In Boston, Bob McGovern writes it "appears that no one really knows" how Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's anti-tobacco ordinance "will be enforced." Red Sox players are "on notice that they shouldn't be packing lips at Fenway Park, and that there is some city ordinance that says so." But what "no one seems to know is who is going to enforce the rule, how it will be enforced, and whether players and fans will be treated equally" if caught (BOSTON HERALD, 4/5).