Baseball owners meeting in Milwaukee voted unanimously yesterday to ratify the sport's new steroid policy. The players' association executive board still has to sign off on the deal, but that's considered a formality.
"I think everybody's very, very happy this is finally behind us," Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said. "It's a very strong policy, and it's great to have this behind us so we can talk about baseball, not steroids."
The union's executive board will decide when it meets Dec. 5-9 in Henderson, Nev., whether all players should vote to ratify the agreement or if board approval is sufficient. The new policy would start before spring training and could run for several years.
In other matters, Selig said he will urge Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call a special legislative session in hopes of finishing the deal for a new Twins stadium. The Twins want to build a ballpark with funds generated by a 0.15 percent sales tax in Hennepin County, but the state legislature refuses to sign off on it. The sales tax can't go into effect without state approval, and the deal with Hennepin County expires on Dec. 31.
The Florida Marlins' hopes for a new stadium have been stalled by funding issues, too. The team, the city and Miami-Dade County have pledged $390 million toward construction, but there's still a gap of up to $45 million.
-- From News Services