…because “‘roids” is so much easier to type than “steroids”. From Newsday’s Jon Heyman.

Major League Baseball and its players union agreed to a new, stricter steroid policy this afternoon. An announcement is expected later today.

The new agreement will call for first-time offenders to be suspended for 50 games, second-time offenders to be suspended for 100 games, and third-time offenders will be banished from baseball for life. Those are the penalties commissioner Bud Selig suggested in his latest proposal.

According to sources, amphetamines will be banned from baseball in the new agreement.

Heyman, though an excellent reporter, fails to ask the question that is undoubtedly on the mind of every basbeball fan on Planet Earth : how will the amphetamine ban impact Rich Garces’ comeback attempt?