The New York City Council has voted 44-3 to ban smokeless tobacco at MLB stadiums, following a nationwide trend that has already seen Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and L.A. enact similar measures.
New York's new law will affect Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, where the Nationals play often as members of the NL East.
It is unclear what the penalty will be for offenders. Some cities charge a fine upwards of $250. That is not a lot for an athlete making millions, but it can certainly add up for a player whose home stadium is in one of those cities.
Some, like Cubs manager Joe Maddon, have expressed their displeasure with the new laws. Nats manager Dusty Baker - who years ago kicked the habit himself - can see both sides.
"It's a bad influence for the kids. Bigtime. I'll say that. But also they're adults, too, at the same time," he said in Feb.
Less players use smokeless tobacco than in years past, but it remains prevalent in baseball today.