MLB commissioner Rob Manfred optimistic about new labor deal, foresees stiffer drug penalties

Rest easy, baseball fans.A labor stoppage is not on the horizon.All appears positive on the collective bargaining Brett Anderson Jersey front in Major League Baseball, as commi sioner Rob Manfred is optimistic a new agreement between the league andPlayers A sociationwill be hammered out by the time the 2016 World Series ends. The current CBA expires Dec. 1.MORE: The Dead Money All-Stars | Nationals andCubs players, rankedThe way I think about the goal is I’d like to get an agreement done while you (media) all are still focused on the play of the game on the field,” Manfred said Thursday in Chicago, per USA Today. A lot of pre s focus is not real positive for the bargaining proce s. All of you (reporters) would rather write about what’s going on the field than what goes on at the negotiating table.That same J.A. Happ Jersey general timetable would be my goal.This is the first labor deal beingnegotiated byMLB chief legal officer Dan Halem and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, and Manfred is pleased with how they arehandling it.I give both parties credit,” Manfred said. Despite all the changes, they put together a really aggre sive meeting schedule. They’ve met frequently. They’ve gotten a lot out on the table earlier in the proce s, frankly, than in some of the last three negotiations.”I’m optimistic.MORE:Puig excited about catching first fishManfred didn’t offer much detail in terms of the negotiations but did say drug testing penalties could be stiffened, an element of the CBA that doesn’t figure to get much resistance from the players’ side.We are always disappointed when a player makes a bad decision. We think we are doing the right thing in terms of protecting the integrity of the sport. …We don’t talk a lot about specific changes but I will say this, Devon Travis Jersey we have made improvements in the program in terms of lengthening the windows of detection. It’s not baseball specific, but the science is getting a little better. That’s the heart of the i sue.

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