HOUSTON — Acknowledging that baseball is not immune to the "We understand that our work force is a microcosm of society," Manfred said during a news conference before Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday. "There's a societal problem. It's not a good bet that we don't have some level of issue, and we're working hard with them to find some way to address it in a positive way through an agreement with the players' association. The dialogue with this has been very positive." Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, was found to have had fentanyl and oxycodone in his system when he died in his room at the team hotel in Texas on July 1. Major leaguers are not tested for such drugs without cause, because those substances are classified as "drugs of abuse" and not performance-enhancers. Tony Clark , the executive director of the union, said "nothing is off the table," including the idea of reclassifying opioids to allow for testing. Manfred also defended baseball's recent proposal to radically restructure the lower minor leagues , which could eliminate or change the nature and affiliation of as many as 40 teams. "If you really look… Read full this story
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