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Major League Baseball increases penalties for Joint Drug Program violations


As Major League Baseball continually seeks ways to crack down on drug use in the sport, they have announced on Friday that the penalties for violating the Joint Drug Program will be a bit stiffer, with a first-time violation carrying an 80-game suspension, and a second violation carrying a 162-game vacation–or an entire season.


Under the old policy which was modified a few years back, a first offense was 50 games, while second was 100. This move on Friday should at least deter some other potential users from breaking the rules in regards to performance-enhancing drugs.

But as we’ve seen recently, the problem is still very prevalent in the game of baseball. All you have to do is look in the direction of the Alex Rodriguez saga to see that. But again, maybe as the penalties continue to increase, the risk of ruining your career could turn players away from use.

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