David Dodd

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California imposes no-chew law for big leagues

Most ball players no longer chew, that was a part of the older sub-culture. I didn't know Peavy well, but I got to know Kotsay, we have a little history in common from his days playing at Cal State Fullerton. One afternoon I was sitting in the dugout before a game, waiting to shoot pics of the guys taking BP. Kotsay is interviewing with a gal reporter for FOX Sports SD, and he's talking about his first manager, Jim Leyland, when Mark came up with the Marlins. Kots looks at me and says, "Hey, this isn't for reporting." Leyland used to sneak cigarettes in the dugout near the bat rack between innings. I told Mark I already knew about it, it wasn't a secret, television even caught him in the act back in the day. I know that Kotsay doesn't smoke, but I believe at one time he did chew. I believe he quit several years prior to joining the Padres. I also told Mark about growing up in Los Angeles watching the Dodgers play. We all caught former catcher Steve Yeager sneaking a cigarette now and then in the tunnel leading to the club house. The modern ball player doesn't smoke and I doubt that many chew, I didn't notice it in the 2+ years I covered the Padres. I doubt that the Player's Union will gripe about this California law, it simply isn't the issue it once was. These days the players are very conscious of what goes into their bodies, the minimum salary in MLB is close to 1/2 million per season. That, and clubs like to protect their investments.
— October 12, 2015 10:05 p.m.

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