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MLB, Union Discussing Alcohol Plan

(credit: Chris Furlong/Getty Images)

(credit: Chris Furlong/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) –  Major League Baseball and its players’ association are considering a formal plan for dealing with alcohol-related incidents in the next collective bargaining agreement.

Two people familiar with the talks confirmed them to The Associated Press on Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are considered confidential.

Six active players have been cited for DUI this season.

The current CBA, which expires Dec. 11, has provisions for dealing with “drugs of abuse” such as cocaine and marijuana, but does not include alcohol.

Players arrested for DUI and other alcohol-related incidents are usually offered counseling and treatment on a case-by-case basis. The two sides want to formalize the process.

USA Today and the Daily News reported on the talks previously.

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