CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies are not worried about perception in the industry following their role in the NCAA's suspension of a former draft pick, but the Major League Baseball Players Association is interested enough to investigate the matter.
Tony Clark, the executive director of the union, spent 90 minutes meeting with Phillies players Wednesday morning. The players' questions centered on improving the drug program, instant replay and home-plate collisions. Clark, though, has potential questions for MLB and the Phillies' front office.
"We are paying attention," Clark said.
The Phillies acknowledged their role in reporting Ben Wetzler, an Oregon State senior lefthander, to the NCAA for impermissible contact with an agent during negotiations last spring. Wetzler, a fifth-round pick, was suspended for 11 games by the NCAA. This was the first instance of a team reporting a player to the NCAA since 1992, according to Baseball America.