Posted January 15, 2014

MLB union boss: Players won’t allow contracts to be voided because of drug violations

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Former first baseman Tony Clark is the 6th person to head the MLBPA. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Former first baseman Tony Clark became MLBPA executive director in November. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

New MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the union will not agree to terms allowing contracts to be terminated by drug violations.

Clark, who assumed control of the union following the death of Michael Weiner in November, said he expects any talks on changes to the drug agreement would begin before spring training.

Commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher drug penalties in March in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal, but the union wouldn’t consider changes until 2014.

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Clark also said he anticipates the union will agree before the upcoming season to ban home-plate collisions and the expansion of instant replay, which also requires a deal between Major League Baseball and the umpires’ union.


10 comments
afanofthegame20
afanofthegame20

Very good Mr. Clark, let's the CHEATERS pollute the Game!!!

rapreti
rapreti

The teams make just as much money of the players' PED use as the players themselves. When ARod was winning MVPs for the Yankees, the team was reaping millions in ticket sales and other forms of revenue, why should they suddenly stop paying him just because he gets caught? 

effeweall
effeweall

prepping the sheep for 2016 cba agreement negotiations

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Translation:  "Sign on the dotted line, get every penny if you so much as PRETEND you still want to play.  We've got one heck of a racket here, and we're never gonna give it up!"

x72
x72

Bunch of losers, cut 'em all and bring in the scabs.

Fleeb
Fleeb

Who says cheaters never prosper? We're going to guarantee that they do! who cares if they are not worth the money if they're not cheating..... it's a contract!


justwanderin
justwanderin

@rapreti So cheating, as far as you're concerned is OK as long as they don't get caught. Real good for the future of the game

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@MidwestGolfFan Actually I read it as a warning to teams.  Something like "You signed em KNOWING they had a history....deal with it."  Maybe it will make people think twice before paying someone that already failed a Roid test.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@justwanderin @rapreti


I wish the union would let this go and allow teams to void a contract if a player is caught cheating for ONE season only if this is their first offense. I believe a player should get 162 games; including playoffs if they are caught cheating. 


If the team can void a contract for one season, they inturn cannot keep the money. The money they "save" should go directly to a charity of their choice, or one the MLBPA selects. 


We could put the money to good use this way.


oasis1994
oasis1994

@justwanderin @rapreti This is just a start.... they could explore other options for a second offense down the road (I think the player should be banned for life if caught more than once).