San Francisco Giants

Smokeless tobacco to take a dip among big league newcomers

That visible circle in the back pockets of big leaguers — typically a sure sign of smokeless tobacco — might be far less common next season.

Players new to the majors won't be able to dip next year without risk of penalty, a provision under baseball's tentative five-year labor agreement reached late Wednesday.

"I think the smokeless tobacco ban is both logical and I am thankful," Los Angeles Angels reliever Huston Street said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday night. "I understand choice, but choosing to die sooner is not one I support."

It is possible more than the 12 current major league cities with laws either in place...

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