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Bud Selig issues his official statement on the Biogenesis suspensions

Aug 5, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

If there was ever a time for this pic, it’s now.

source: Reuters

Bud’s official statement:

“Major League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports.  I am proud of the comprehensive nature of our efforts – not only with regard to random testing, groundbreaking blood testing for human Growth Hormone and one of the most significant longitudinal profiling programs in the world, but also our investigative capabilities, which proved vital to the Biogenesis case.  Upon learning that players were linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, we vigorously pursued evidence that linked those individuals to violations of our Program.  We conducted a thorough, aggressive investigation guided by facts so that we could justly enforce our rules.

“Despite the challenges this situation has created during a great season on the field, we pursued this matter because it was not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do.  For weeks, I have noted the many players throughout the game who have strongly voiced their support on this issue, and I thank them for it.  I appreciate the unwavering support of our owners and club personnel, who share my ardent desire to address this situation appropriately.  I am also grateful to the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and our club physicians, who were instrumental in the banning of amphetamines and whose expertise remains invaluable to me.  As an institution, we have made unprecedented strides together.

“It is important to point out that 16,000 total urine and blood tests were conducted on players worldwide under MLB Drug Programs in 2012.  With the important additions of the hGH testing and longitudinal profiling this season, we are more confident than ever in the effectiveness of the testing program.  Those players who have violated the Program have created scrutiny for the vast majority of our players, who play the game the right way.

“This case resoundingly illustrates that the strength of our Program is not limited only to testing.  We continue to attack this issue on every front – from science and research, to education and awareness, to fact-finding and investigative skills.  Major League Baseball is proud of the enormous progress we have made, and we look forward to working with the players to make the penalties for violations of the Drug Program even more stringent and a stronger deterrent.

“As a social institution with enormous social responsibilities, Baseball must do everything it can to maintain integrity, fairness and a level playing field.  We are committed to working together with players to reiterate that performance-enhancing drugs will not be tolerated in our game.”

  1. mtr75 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    “This case resoundingly illustrates that the strength of our program is not limited only to testing,” but also on other people gifting us information that our program fails to uncover.

    – Bud Selig

    Ok, I added that last part. Selig has as little a place in baseball as he thinks A-Rod does. Selig stood by and cheered through the steroid era just like everyone else. He’s a disgrace.

  2. anxovies - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    16,000 urine tests? Lets see, a standard specimen cup is 180 milliliters which is about .2 of a quart. 5 specimen cups make a quart so 20 make a gallon. 800 gallons of major league piss in a year!

    • weaselpuppy - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      I hear you pay double in vegas for that kind of pee fixation….

  3. pokesmot13 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    FOXNews, Rand Paul, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and the KKK all just called right now, they would like their talking points back.

  4. pokesmot13 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    90% of all serial killers/mass murderers come from a white culture.
    Defend that one, racist.

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    /googles “very important world social issues reference book” — 1st result: “Politics of Harry Potter” Eh, could be it.

    You realize, of course, that over 4,000 libraries also own a copy of Captain Underpants.

    Here’s a tip: if’n you don’t wanna come off as racist, perhaps you should provide actual evidence that Latin American culture is especially inclined to law-breaking. Good luck with that. *cough* Wall Street *cough* Otherwise, perhaps you should consider that it was the way you framed your statement that was the problem. Have a nice day.

  6. pokesmot13 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    It’s obvious you are racist, because your arguments are idiotic.

    Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Ryan Brauns cheated also.
    But all 5 grew up in the US. They went to US High Schools, Universities etc.
    You are trying to say that since latin players grow up poor they are natural cheaters.
    So what do you call 5 educated Americans who cheated?

    Accept the fact that you are racist,.
    your kind is going extinct like the dinosaurs.

    By the way, you only named 2 non white serial killers/mass murderers
    I’ve named Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ed Gein, The Columbine Shooters, BTK Killer, Albert Fish, John Wayne Gacy, George W. Bush.
    Your turn…

  7. sdemp - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    People who tend to play the race card or point the finger are usually racist themselves.

    #Takes one, to know one

  8. jfk69 - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    The definition of irony
    Bud Selig judging anybody in baseball on their integrity in the best interests for the game.
    After badly losing to the players in 1981, the owners colluded against the players mid-decade and made a gentlemen’s agreement in blatant violation of the collective bargaining agreement (and the law) not to sign anyone else’s free agents. Selig and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf were the chief architects of the strategy and when Fehr took the owners to court, the owners ended up having to pay $280-million in damages to the players. While Selig never publicly admitted to collusion, his fingerprints were everywhere and Fehr quietly chuckled.
    In 1994 with labor relations at an impasse, Selig and the owners decided to lock horns with the Players Association again. This time the owners were determined to win at all costs, even if it meant canceling the World Series for the first time since 1904. So they did. After the players went on strike that August, the owners refused to negotiate in good faith and waited until September before canceling the season and the playoffs. In turn, Selig successfully played the media, blamed the players for being greedy, was complicit in destroying a relatively well run and locally owned franchise in Montreal, and helped devastate attendance figures and the game’s popularity across North America. Then, in the ultimate insult to paying fans, Selig and the owners tried to field replacement players at the beginning of the 1995 season.
    On steroids
    As for steroids, everyone, including Selig, the sportswriters, the players, the fans, the general managers, the mangers, everyone who is involved in and loves the game is to blame for this one. No one is saying that Selig and the owners actually peddled dope to the players. Guys were juicing up long before Selig took the stage. But let’s be honest, when the home runs were being jacked, the tickets were being sold, and Mike Lupica was licking Mark McGwire’s balls, no one gave a shit that Ken Caminiti was pumping himself full of Mexican horse hormones to fuel his MVP season in 1998. When Brady Anderson hit 52 home runs from the leadoff spot after never hitting more than maybe 15 in his entire life, no one lifted a finger to bring an end to steroid use, least of all Selig. Of course he would cart out the usual chestnuts about how there needed to be comprehensive testing and that the game needed to be clean and that the world will collapse unless he and the owners could check the blood, urine, spinal fluid and hair strands of every player in baseball for any illicit substances. But in reality, the owners shrugged, collected the cash and then pointed the finger when the rumors started flying.

  9. jfk69 - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Mark my words
    Alex will come out of this in much better shape than Selig
    I am not sticking up for Alex. But Selig going over board after a marquee obscenely paid star player that his daughters…could never afford.
    With nothing more than some tear stained sheets of paper the disgraced and possibly future convicted felon of Biogenesis swears by,makes me laugh. knowing Buddy boys history of deceit.

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