A new labor deal between Major League Baseball and the players union limits the use of smokeless tobacco by players, but does not ban it during games.
Two congressmen have asked Major League Baseball and the players union to test for human growth hormone and to ban chewing tobacco. They made their requests a month before the players union contract is set to expire.
Major League Baseball is considering whether to issue a ban on alcohol in baseball clubhouses following reports of beer drinking in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse this season.
Four U.S. senators have asked the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at the World Series, which begins Wednesday night.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he will propose a ban on chewing tobacco on the field in the new players’ contract. His pledge is part of a push by Major League Baseball to rid the sport of a habit that has long been part of the game’s culture.
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