ST. LOUIS (AP) -The St. Louis Cardinals banned alcohol from the clubhouse on Friday, five days after the alcohol-related fatal accident of pitcher Josh Hancock.
Manager Tony La Russa said general manager Walt Jocketty made the decision earlier Friday without consulting players. La Russa said it was a largely symbolic move since players don't drink much in the clubhouse anyway.
The team also is considering an alcohol ban on the road.
``It's meaningful,'' La Russa said. ``But it's not a significant factor in our clubhouse because our guys don't stay in the clubhouse to drink.''
Hancock was drunk and talking on his cell phone at the time of his fatal accident early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis. His sports utility vehicle hit the back of a tow truck parked on the highway to assist a driver from a previous accident.
Hancock's blood-alcohol level was 0.157, nearly twice Missouri's legal limit of 0.08, the medical examiner said.
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