12/05/2004 3:16 AM ET
Report: Union to address steroids
A day after Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig urged the players' union to work with management to toughen the game's drug-testing policies, Donald Fehr, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said he planned to discuss steroids when the union's executive board convened later this week, according to Sunday's New York Times.
"We have had and are continuing to have those discussions," Fehr told the Times, regarding efforts of the union and the Commissioner's Office on changes in the current testing policy.
The news comes on the heels of recent reports disclosing the testimonies of Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi and Giants outfielder Barry Bonds in a grand jury investigation of steroid distribution among elite athletes by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO).
In a related development, Sen. John McCain told The Washington Post in a statement published on Saturday that he wanted quick action by Selig and Fehr to address the issue.
"To restore the integrity of baseball, Commissioner Selig and Don Fehr must meet immediately ... and agree to implement a drug-testing policy that is at least as stringent as the one observed by the minor league program," McCain said.
McCain told the newspaper that he'll "give them until January, and then ... introduce legislation" to bring about stricter anti-doping rules to the sport if he does not believe significant progress has been made.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.