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Union, owners to resume talks in wake of Mitchell Report

Union, owners to resume talks in wake of Mitchell Report

Despite the scathing review in the Mitchell Report, Major League Baseball's drug-testing program "is working fine," the No. 3 official of the players' association said on Monday.
Union general counsel Michael Weiner and former players Bobby Bonilla and Stan Javier were among a group that met for about 75 minutes with the Houston Astros on Monday to discuss the ramifications of the report and other issues.
Players and owners have had a series of meetings on the Mitchell Report, which includes recommendations for increased frequency in testing and more independence for the program administrator, who is jointly selected by the sides and was added in 2006.
"Senator Mitchell recognized that the independent program administrator is a helpful step," Weiner said. "He made some other suggestions as how we can improve the process and we are discussing those with the commissioner."
Weiner said the union will consider Mitchell's request for more frequent testing but likes the system the way it is. Commissioner Bud Selig adopted all of Mitchell's suggestions that management could begin without the union's consent.
Currently, each player is tested within five days of arriving at spring training and is tested one additional time each year. There also are 600 random tests, of which up to 60 may be conducted during the offseason.
Weiner said the union believed there was adequate testing in the offseason, but said that's another issue players will discuss with the owners.


Updated : 2021-04-23 05:07 GMT+08:00