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Published: Wednesday, 1/12/2005

<font face='verdana' size='1' color =#CC0000><b> * NEW * </b></font> Baseball players, owners to announce steroid accord

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK Baseball players and owners have reached an agreement on a tougher steroid-testing program and plan to announce it Thursday, the Associated Press has learned.

The agreement will include penalties for first-time offenders, an AL player said on condition of anonymity. Other details, such as the frequency of tests, were not immediately available.

Commissioner Bud Selig, asked about a steroid agreement at the owners meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., declined to comment but did say: We ll have announcements to make tomorrow. Gene Orza, the union s chief operating officer, also declined to comment.

I m glad we could come to an agreement, said Chicago Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger, who was briefed on the deal today. It was the right thing to do. I think it was something that needed to be done, and I think players understand it needed to be addressed.

The sides spent the past month negotiating the deal after the union s executive board gave its staff approval to pursue an agreement on a more rigorous testing program. Some in Congress threatened to take action unless baseball reached an agreement on its own.

Players and owners agreed to a drug-testing plan in 2002 that called for survey-testing for steroids the following year. Because more than 5 percent of tests were positive, random testing with penalties began last year. Each player was tested for steroids twice over a single five- to seven-day period.

A first positive test resulted in treatment. If a player tested positive again, he would have been subject to a 15-day suspension.

No player was suspended for steroid use in 2004.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com.



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