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Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are talking about alcohol-related incidents

May 6, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

Selig and Weiner

The other day we heard that the league will attempt to seek the option to discipline players involved in off-the-field cases — like DUI — when labor contract talks begin after this season.  Now the Associated Press is reporting that those conversations have already started:

 Major League Baseball and its players’ association are considering a formal plan for dealing with alcohol-related incidents in the next collective bargaining agreement. Two baseball officials confirmed the negotiations to The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks are considered confidential.

The framework is there, what with the current CBA already providing for penalties involving drugs of abuse as opposed to just PEDs.  Obviously it’s not the same situation in that no one is suggesting that players can’t drink, so the violation part of any alcohol offense would not determined by MLB like it is with other drugs. Things they’d have to talk about would include offenses like DUI and drunken disorderlies and stuff and where it all fits in with the justice system.

Another way to go is to simply sidestep alcohol and deal with criminal activity in general.  That would have its own issues too in terms of what kind of behavior would warrant discipline. Drunk driving is one thing. Cheating on taxes is something else.  And given the way pleas go, you can’t really just say felonies lead penalties, misdemeanors don’t.

But even if it isn’t easy, I’m glad they’re at least talking about it.

  1. bigxrob - May 6, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    halladaysbicepts is not going to be happy about this development.
    1. Its just drunk driving
    2. Baseballs been around for over 100 years and they never penalized people before, why start now?

  2. frug - May 6, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Guess this is a good time to link back this article from Keith Law that is still one of the best I’ve ever read about baseball.

  3. IdahoMariner - May 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Why don’t they just implement a program in all the clubs that allows the player to call a ride after he’s had ANYTHING to drink (anything, so there is no judgment call needed) — and if the player gets hooked for drunk driving and didn’t avail himself of the service, he’s tossed for being too dumb to use a free, easy service to keep him out of trouble.

  4. jimmyluvvins - May 6, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Jonathan Broxton’s alcoholism doesnt like this post. He’s going to be spending a lot of time off.

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