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The new CBA requires players to hide their smokeless tobacco

Nov 22, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

Dykstra Tobacco

There are so many details of the new collective bargaining agreement spinning out this afternoon in various reports and tweets that it’s probably useful to have a link to a full outline of the new deal.  Here is that outline, courtesy of

One of the interesting items: a nod to the recent push, signed on by U.S. Senators and public health officials, to have baseball ban smokeless tobacco use among players.  But it was just a nod. It won’t be banned entirely, but baseball is wanting to get it out of sight as much as it can without actually taking it out of players’ mouths:

Players, managers, and coaches will be prohibited from using smokeless tobacco during televised interviews and Club appearances. In addition, at any time when fans are permitted in the ballpark, players, managers and coaches must conceal tobacco products (including packages and tins), and may not carry tobacco products in their uniforms or on their bodies. Individuals who violate the policy will be subject to discipline. The parties also agreed upon an extensive program of education and public outreach regarding the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

So you can still dip, just don’t have the can in your back pocket.  Which is basically the exact opposite of the rule from my high school in West Virginia.  They didn’t enforce it that much though.  I’ll be curious to see how much MLB enforces this new rule.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    You just love that picture, don’t you Craig? I swear every time it is even the least bit applicable, there it is.

    • cur68 - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      Yeah, that’s old Flapjack fer ya: never puts a horse away till he’s beaten it senseless, bless him. Mind you he could go with the shot of Lenny puking his chaw back up after swallowing it sliding into 2nd. Frankly, the best deterrent would be this shot here and the one of Lenny puking IMO.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      That’s just brain matter leaking from Lenny there. The old sh!t for brains…

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:19 PM

      Now, RAUUUUUUUUULLLLLL will need a major stance overhaul what with his balance being totally out of whack.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 22, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      Pretty damn nasty of Craig to photoshop a picture to make it look like Nails is eating a dog turd – poor guy has enough problems.

  2. rhandome - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    I’m not bothered by dip in players’ mouths or back pockets. I do have a big problem with the dip in the commisioner’s office though

  3. bjtmeyer - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    I think this is going to be harder to enforce since its been a tradition of the game for the past oh….100 years maybe?? I’m not really bothered by the players dipping either. I don’t watch the games for that.

  4. mashoaf - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    This is nothing new. It’s banned in the Minor Leagues but they still chew discreetly.

  5. mojosmagic - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Is “the Dude still playing or playing with himself in jail. Maybe he is playing with that fraud Jim Crammer from Mad Money.

  6. addictedzone - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    This will make it a little tougher on Nails after he finishes up with the California Penal League and wants to be Rick Vaughn’s sidekick on the Indians.

  7. dowhatifeellike - Nov 22, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    That picture makes me want to hurl. I couldn’t even read the blurb.

  8. adcoop22 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    I have worked close enough to some of these players to know that they aren’t very educated about the dangers of dipping, not to mention the bad example being set to young ballplayers. I can’t believe they haven’t outright banned it from ballparks…disappointing.

  9. hushbrother - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    The only thing I care about is that I don’t have to see Raul Ibanez and that same stupid one-side-crammed-with-chaw expression on his face anymore. Although it sounds like since this new rule doesn’t prohibit players from dipping while on the field there won’t be any chance of that happening.

    Incidentally I also can’t stand Ibanez’ batting stance or his constantly taking his helmet off to show his ultra-sweaty bald head.

  10. JB (the original) - Nov 23, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Seems like an easy way for the Managers and players to get out of doing pre-, midgame, and post game interviews they don’t feel like doing. ‘Sorry, got a chew in; catch you later’.

  11. jimeejohnson - Nov 23, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Next thing you know they’ll try to ban spitting.

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