They waited until the last possible day to do so, but baseball players have approved a toughened drug agreement. The sides announced the agreement April 11th and owners ratified it on May 14th. The deal increases the frequency of tests and the authority of the program's independent administrator. Both were recommendations made in December by baseball drug investigator George Mitchell.
The new rules, which mark the third major overhaul since the
joint drug program began in 2002, went into force immediately upon
ratification. As part of the deal, 15-day suspensions assessed against Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons were rescinded and commissioner
Bud Selig agreed not to discipline players implicated
in December's Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in
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