Posted by: audreybenenati | May 24, 2010

Players Chew on Potential Tobacco Ban — MLB FanHouse

…”It’s not something I’m proud of or something I want to continue doing,” DeRosa said, echoing a common theme. “It’s like any addiction. It calms me down before I go to the plate. You tell yourself that. Even though you know it’s not reality, it’s my reality.”

It is a reality that could be changing, if Congress or Major League Baseball gets its way. Last month the House Energy and Commerce Committee convened a hearing focusing on the use of smokeless tobacco by major leaguers. The goal of chairman Henry Waxman (D.-Calif.) was to encourage MLB to ban the products in the big leagues, expanding a ban that’s been in effect in the minors since 1993.

MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred told the committee that a tobacco ban in the big leagues is a “laudable goal,” but the players’ union stands in the way….

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