Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth predicted that players and owners are close to reaching a drug-testing agreement, despite some players’ initial resistance to his proposed plan.
Ueberroth on Sunday mailed players copies of his proposal, which would require four urine tests a year for detection of cocaine, marijuana, heroin and morphine.
Results of the tests would not be made public, and there would be no penalties for players testing positive.
“I believe baseball is going to be the first sport to be free of drugs,” Ueberroth said. “The owners, through their Players Relations Committee, and the players are pretty much close together on this. I’m encouraged by the dialogue so far.”