Clemens was one of the most accomplished pitchers in baseball history when he was accused of doping. Clemens won seven Cy Young awards, an American League MVP award, and two World Series titles, but all of that was called into question after Canseco's 2005 book accused him of using amphetamines, anabolic steroids and human growth hormone during his career, though he was never suspended from the game. He was also named in the 2007 Mitchell Report, although he has consistently and unconditionally denied the allegations that he used steroids, including in testimony to a Congressional committee in 2008. Clemens was later indicted on perjury charges in 2010 and tried in court, but was found not guilty of perjury in 2012. Clemens has claimed that hard work helped him dominate the majors into the latter stages of his career, and not .
Mejia becomes the first major or minor league player to receive a permanent suspension under MLB's drug program. Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton , then in the minor leagues, was suspended several times for drugs of abuse from 2003-05 but was allowed to return each time. During a time when there was not a drug agreement, Steve Howe was suspended for life by Commissioner Fay Vincent in 1992 after the pitcher's seventh drug- or alcohol-related incident. Arbitrator George Nicolau said doctors concluded Howe suffered from attention deficit hyperactive disorder and cut the suspension to time served, which was 119 days.
Major League Baseball and the league’s players union on Thursday announced the approval of several major new rules, including the introduction of a no-pitch intentional walk and a time limit on a manager’s ability to challenge a play. Under the new rules, which will take effect this upcoming regular season, a manager can simply signal an intentional walk to the umpire rather than having a pitcher throw four pitches outside the strike zone to put the batter on-base. Additionally, managers will have 30 seconds to decide whether to challenge a play for review.