This just in: The major leagues and their players reportedly have agreed on a new standard on tesing positive for steroids -- three strikes and you're out.
Highlights: 50 games for a first offence, or about a third of a season.
Second-strike offence: 100 games.
Third time offence: Lifetime ban, with the ability to petition for reinstatement after two years.
Testing and penalties for amphetamines are included under the new testing protocol, which will be twice a year (once during spring training, once during the season) plus at random intervals.
That it's a step up from the 10-day penalty that a first offence meant up until now is a given. This is exactly what baseball commissioner Bud Selig wanted, in fact. That they're finally serious about a policy with teeth is nothing but a good thing. Threats of higher penalties via congressional intervention will do that.
For a breakdown of some of the details here's a roundup over at ESPN.
Basic question: Is this enough?