Around baseball: Suspensions may wait till next year, union says

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Julio Cortez | Associated Press
National League players watch from the dugout during the sixth inning of the All-Star Game in New York.

The Baseball Players Association says any suspensions resulting from the sport’s latest drug investigation likely won’t be served until next year if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator.

Union head Michael Weiner expects Major League Baseball to notify the union of its plans for penalties in the next month, and the players association will maintain that any discipline should not be announced until after a grievance hearing, and then only if arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds a ban.

“We’re going to have a discussion with them. That discussion will include whether or not names of suspended players will be announced publicly,” Weiner said yesterday during a meeting with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Weiner spoke from a wheelchair and said symptoms have increased in the past month from a brain tumor he was diagnosed with last summer. He can’t move his right side or right arm and must use a wheelchair. Weiner said the union will appoint a deputy executive director within a week or two.

Former major-league first baseman Tony Clark, who joined the union staff in 2010 after a 15-year playing career, has emerged as the top contender for the deputy role.

Reds, Giants makeup game scheduled

The Cincinnati Reds will wear home uniforms and bat last, if needed, in the first game of a July 23 doubleheader at San Francisco.

The two clubs announced that a July 4 game rained out at Cincinnati will be played as the first game starting at 7:05 p.m. The game already scheduled for that day at 10:15 p.m. will become the second game.

Tickets for the July 4 game can be exchanged for upcoming Reds home games, with some restrictions.

Have pen handy

New York Mets captain David Wright looked down the row of dozens of baseballs lined up in his home clubhouse for the All-Stars to sign, and sighed.

Being one of the host players for this year’s All-Star Game, demands on Wright’s time have been high. There is one part of the festivities that excites him, though.

“The special part for me is when the doors close and you kind of get to hang out with the guys and be around the best players in baseball,” he said.

Wright then got back to signing the 27 dozen balls, 15 bats, 10 player placards and 11 All-Star jerseys laid out for everyone to autograph.

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