Senators urge MLB, players' union to agree to ban on smokeless tobacco
Two senators are urging Major League Baseball to do what Stephen Strasburg is trying to do -- kick the smokeless tobacco habit.
Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have written Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner to urge them to agree to a ban in the next collective bargaining agreement, saying that smokeless tobacco endangers players' health and sends "a dangerous message" to kids.
Use of smokeless tobacco is banned in the minor leagues and Greg Bouris, a spokesman for MLBPA, told the Associated Press that he expects the matter to be considered during talks when the present CBA expires in December. Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president for labor relations, said baseball is striving for a ban.
| February 16, 2011; 8:51 AM ET
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