OXON HILL, Md. -- Tony Gwynns death from oral cancer was a turning point in baseballs culture that long tolerated smokeless tobacco.Baseballs new labor contract, agreed to last week, bans chew among players with no current major league service time. The Hall of Famers death at age 54 two years ago shook up many in the industry.What happened to Tony Gwynn, you dont want that to happen again, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. said Monday at the winter meetings.Gwynn, a longtime San Diego star, and Ripken, who spent his entire career with Baltimore, were close friends and were inducted into the Hall together in 2007 after their first-ballot elections.A lot of people, probably including myself, stood back and said, well, life is what it is. Its not illegal. People make choices all the time, Ripken said. But once you see what can happen and how fast it can happen, I think it does make you think about it differently.Several cities have banned smokeless tobacco in big league ballparks, and the new labor agreement allows players to be fined for violations. Current big leaguers are grandfathered against the change.Its about time. Ive never chewed, never dipped or anything like, Atlanta All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman said. A lot of kids look up to us. If they were to see us on TV with a big chew, dip in our mouths, they could go do that.For the last five seasons, big league players were prohibited from carrying tobacco products, including tins and packages, onto the field when fans were in the ballpark.To the extent that the world has changed, we respectfully had the conversations that we did in acknowledgment of those changes whole also appreciating that ... a lot of players are making the decisions on their own to quit, union head Tony Clark said.Ripken, who never chewed, has seen a shift in his youth programs.Kids are watching really closely, he said. When we see sunflower seeds as a problem in our complexes, were happy with that.Irv Smith Jr. Jersey .05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal. The designation was released Monday after the deadline passed for NFL teams to use franchise or transition tags on players becoming free agents. Jalyn Holmes Jersey . 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Cris Carter Jersey . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite.OXON HILL, Md. -- The big-spending Boston Red Sox could be far more conservative this offseason because of baseballs new luxury tax rules.President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that the new collective bargaining agreements stricter penalties for spending above a certain payroll threshold could factor in to the teams plans. His top priority is to find an eighth-inning reliever and also add another bat, but dont expect him to throw money around to make it happen.The Red Sox had $209 million committed to player salaries last season, fourth in the majors. Dombrowski didnt guarantee Boston would be under the $195 million mark for 2017 but would like to try to avoid the extra penalties in place moving forward for going over.There are definitely reasons why you dont want to go above, Dombrowski said. Some of them involve now for the first time differences in draft choices and sacrifices of money to sign players and that type of the thing. ... I think were going to have a good club either way.Dombrowski, who announced that the club picked up the 2018 option on manager John Farrells contract, was known for making big deals during his time running the Detroit Tigers. At the winter meetings he has heard a lot of names but less interest in young players like Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. now after winning the AL East than a year ago when Boston finished in last place.If the right trade came along, Dombrowski would listen, but he said hes not going to make a deal just for the sake of it. He hasnt closed the door on bringing back Brad Ziegler or Koji Uehara but would like to get a setup man any way we could find one -- either through trade or free agency.Mark Melancon agreeing to a $62 million, four-year deal with the San Francisco Giants set the market for closers like Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Dombrowski would like for his eighth-inning acquisition to have closing experienced but said its not a necessity.The first order of business was committing to Farrell, who helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and led them back to the playoffs last season. Dombrowski inherited Farrell whenn he took the job in the summer of 2015, and this is a sign of confidence in the veteran manager.ddddddddddddWe had a conversation a little bit yesterday and it got a little bit personal where he walks in, hes inheriting a manager and a chemo plan, said Farrell, who was diagnosed with lymphoma more than a year ago.AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello likes that Farrell exudes calm and consistency.Boston can be a tough city to play in and when you hit those lows throughout the course of a season, where you lose a couple of games, it gets frustrating and it gets emotional, and you need to have a leader that can provide that stability and allow you to go out there and just focus on performing and winning ballgames on a day-to-day basis, Porcello said. John does a really good job of keeping us away from those distractions and just focusing on playing on the field.While Dombrowski implied that hed be surprised if the Red Sox didnt bring in another hitter this winter, Farrell pointed to the return of third baseman Pablo Sandoval as a major factor.As I look at the lineup for next year, one of the keys for us is going to be Panda, Farrell said. And thats not to put it all on him, but heres a left-handed bat that is a proven guy and has every opportunity to make a major impact on our team next year.Dombrowski described Sandovals conditioning as very good and said the 30-year-olds shoulder was good to go. Boston wants Sandoval at third base because the club would like to rotate the designated hitter spot around after the retirement of David Ortiz.That means the Red Sox arent itching to spend big money on a player who is primarily a designated hitter.Were in a new era, Farrell said. I love the fact that weve got the flexibility that we do with so much roster versatility. ... The more we can rotate guys through, get them off their feet on occasion would lend you to believe that we would keep guys a little bit more fresh deeper into the month of October.---AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report. ' ' '