NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players suspended during the season for a performance-enhancing drug violation will not be eligible for that year’s postseason under changes to the sport’s drug agreement.
Major League Baseball and the players’ association say penalties will increase from 50 games to 80 for a first testing violation and from 100 games to 162 for a second. A third penalty remains a lifetime ban.
A player serving a season-long suspension will lose all his pay. Under the previous deal, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez gets 21-183s of his salary this year, or about $2.8 million.