NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Major league baseball will release the number of players who had first-time positive tests for amphetamines in 2008 next year, The New York Times reported.
The newspaper said Thursday the move was in line with the 2007 Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs, which advocated the need to make more data and test results public.
"We believed that adding the yearly reports would allow us to get a better idea of how the program is functioning," Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president for labor relations, told the newspaper.
The results and other data will be released in January.
The Times report said baseball started testing for amphetamines in 2006, but the number of first-time positive results for 2006 and 2007 will not be revealed.
Manfred would not tell the Times the number of first-time positives in 2008 compared with those in 2006 and 2007.