Clark: MLBPA won't allow PED offenders' contracts to be voided

Clark: MLBPA won't allow PED offenders' contracts to be voided
January 15, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Tony Clark took over as the MLB Players Association's executive director following the death of Michael Weiner in November. (AP)

NEW YORK — New baseball union head Tony Clark says players won't agree to terminating contracts as part of discipline for drug violations.

Clark took over as the union's executive director following the death of Michael Weiner in November. Clark expects talks on changes to the drug agreement to start before spring training.

Commissioner Bud Selig proposed last March that drug penalties be toughened, but Weiner said the union wouldn't consider changes until 2014.

Clark spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday at the union's office. The former big leaguer says he anticipates players will agree before the upcoming season to ban home-plate collisions and to allow expanded instant replay, which also requires a deal between Major League Baseball and the umpires' union.

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