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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig had better be ready for high heat

He and baseball players' union leader Donald Fehr can expect sharp questioning about why the national pastime doesn't have a more comprehensive drug testing plan, like other sports.

With alleged steroid use casting a cloud over spring training, members of the Senate Commerce Committee will urge more thorough testing.

The hearing comes a month after the trainer for slugger Barry Bonds was among those indicted for allegedly supplying steroids to athletes.

In his prepared remarks, Selig says major league baseball would like to have a stronger plan but couldn't get the players union to agree.

Last year was the first year baseball tested for steroids. Between five and seven percent of the players tested positive -- even though they knew the test was coming. That will trigger two more tests this year, although a player won't face a year's suspension until the fifth offense.

The National Football League has a year-round random testing program for players. It imposes immediate suspensions on any player who tests positive for banned substances.


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