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Many around baseball have expre sed skepticism that smokele s tobacco bans recently instituted by cities from coast to coast will have any teeth.While the notion of police officers patrolling dugouts and doling out $100 fines to millionaire offenders seems rather absurd, Major League Baseball is intent on ensuring that its players Ozzie Albies 2018 All-Star Game Red Jersey and staffers follow the letter of these particular laws.MORE: Baseball players who defied age | MLB's most-hated playersAn MLB official told ESPN that players who violate municipal ordinances banning tobacco use will be subject to discipline by commi sioner Rob Manfred, adding an extra layer of intrigue to an already divisive i sue in the sport."Players or anybody in baseball found to have violated a law are subject to discipline from the commi sioner," MLB chief legal counsel Dan Halem told ESPN. "Smokele s tobacco laws are no different. Ronald Acuña Jr. Cool Base White Jersey "The league has had its eye on tobacco restrictions for some time. Minor leaguers have been banned from using tobacco for years, and MLB attempted to get a similar provision for the majors into the 2011 collective bargaining agreement Mike Foltynewicz Jersey . The MLB Players' A sociation refused to agree and apparently would have a similar response if baseball follows through with the measures Halem described. An official told ESPN that "MLB would have a fight on their hands" in that case.Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco are among the cities that have recently pa sed bans on smokele s tobacco at sports facilities. All of those ordinances would punish violators with fines of various amounts, but the enforcement mechanism remains unclear.