Friday, March 28
(New York, NY) -- Major League Baseball is increasing penalties for violating its Joint Drug Agreement. The league and Players Association have agreed to increase a first-time performance-enhancing drug suspension from 50 games to 80 games. A second offense increases from 100 games to 162 and a third offense now results in a permanent suspension from baseball. Any player suspended for PED use will be ineligible for the postseason. All suspensions will be unpaid.