Fehr makes visit to Braves camp
Union chief hits Champion Stadium on tour of all 30 teams
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After addressing the Braves players for nearly two hours at Disney's Champion Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Donald Fehr had a comical encounter with manager Bobby Cox.
When Fehr entered the home dugout, the skipper walked toward Fehr, stuck out his hand and provided the introductory greeting of, "Bobby Cox."
Astonished, Fehr chuckled and said, "I know who you are."
Fehr is currently on his annual Spring Training tour, during which he addresses every Major League team about labor issues. Braves player representative Jeff Francoeur said Tuesday's session included discussion about the potential pitfalls of using blood tests to determine who is currently using HGH.
There have been some proposals to freeze players' blood samples until scientists create an approved test to detect HGH. Fehr talked to the players about the potential of these samples being contaminated.
"He filled us in on everything so that it wouldn't surprise us," Francoeur said.
For the most part, Francoeur said that he and his teammates were encouraged by what they heard from Fehr.
"I think he just wanted us to know baseball is in a great state right now, as far as financially with the teams making money and players making money. It's a great thing right now. It just this one thing, the steroid thing, that we're all getting rid of."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.