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BP's clinical psychologist brings his experience and expertise to bear in evaluating the impact of Zack Greinke's and Josh Hamilton's mental health histories on their on-field futures.

If you'll excuse me for a moment while I put on my other hat.

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National League MVP has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and faces a 50-game suspension barring an unprecedented overturning of the result.

This story was initially published around 8:30 PM ET on Saturday night and has since been revised several times as new information has emerged. Please scroll down to see updates.

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May 13, 2010 8:28 am

Contractual Matters: The Restricted List


Jeff Euston

A look at Major League Baseball's version of transactional limbo.

When the Seattle Mariners placed outfielder Milton Bradley on the restricted list a week ago, the move put a temporary halt to a drama simmering for years. Bradley asked the team for help a day after manager Don Wakamatsu removed him from a game because he thought the outfielder had become so upset that he was not fit to play. The Mariners—Bradley’s eighth team in 11 seasons—are providing assistance, forming a "partnership" with the player’s representatives to help him work through the anger-management issues that have dogged his career.

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MLB and the MLBPA announced the latest new rules governing performance-enhancing drug use in baseball. Is this finally it?

The question now is, is this it? Have we finally reached a denouement, at least as far as the rulebook goes? Initial documents, including those dug up by Maury Brown of SABR, show that while many will consider this a big step, there are as many questions as answers.

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August 1, 2005 12:00 am

UTK Special


Will Carroll

The story broke on Monday that Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for a banned substance. What does this mean? Will's got the answers.

Rumors began circulating this weekend that something was brewing. I heard from no fewer than three independent sources that a "big story" was breaking. In retrospect, it appears that news of Palmeiro's test and hearing before an arbitrator was leaking. Palmeiro becomes the seventh player that tested positive under the newly negotiated testing policy that took effect before the 2005 season. Palmeiro has issued a statement saying that he "has never intentionally taken steroids." An independent arbiter heard his grievance and upheld the ten day suspension. This suspension brings up many questions, so I will try to answer them as best I can:

What did he test positive for?

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December 9, 2004 12:00 am

The CBA on Steroids


Doug Pappas

Digging into the BP vault, here's Doug Pappas' Q&A on MLB's drug-testing and steroids policies (originally ran March 4, 2004).

Q. Where can I find a copy of MLB's drug testing rules?

A. They're part of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, set forth as Attachment 18 to the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The CBA, in .pdf format, can be downloaded here.

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