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Bud Selig issues his official statement on the Biogenesis suspensions

Aug 5, 2013, 3:13 PM EST

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. commonsenseisnotcmonman - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    That picture just screams “Harumph!”

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      The GOV is supposed to get harumphs, not give them.

      • phantomspaceman - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        I didn’t get a harrumph outta that guy!

      • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        I didn’t hear a harumph out of you……

      • mgflolox - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        “Harumph!”
        “Watch your ass!”

    • jonevans511 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      It actually screams “shit, I have to fart, let me try to squeeze out a silent or at least muffled one….. Ok, it out. Hope no one hears/smells it”.

    • nbjays - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      That picture just screams “Hah! I sure got those young PED-using whippersnappers off MY lawn.”

    • jfk69 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Take that you greedy cheating players. Bring on the replacements before I cancel the World Series

  2. danrizzle - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    The smuggest Bud.

    • ctony1216 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Pretty smug for Bud considering that A-Rod cheated MLB’s drug test for years. In fact, if it weren’t for the Miami Times, A-Rod, Cruz and Peralta would be leading their teams’ pennant races.

      Why no one in the media is wondering what’s wrong with MLB’s testing program is baffling to me.

      • danrizzle - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        I don’t really disagree with any of that, except it would be nice if some of the media “wondering” about things like that would turn into “reporting” on things like that. Maybe there’s something wrong with it; maybe there isn’t. The Biogenesis thing doesn’t tell us one way or the other I don’t think.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        That’s what I’ve been wondering: did the guys suspended today get caught by paperwork and did they pass actual drug tests?

  3. tbutler704 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Say whatever you will about him, today is a good day for Allan H. Selig.

    This guy was on his way to being the commissioner who was asleep at the switch as baseball’s record books were completely vandalized, and you bet that will never go away for Selig, but these idiots and Biogenesis have given him a second bite at the apple.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Is he going to make a statement about how most of these guys never tested positive and wouldn’t have been caught without the newspaper report?

    • carlosruiz51 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      I wonder if A-Roid will pose for a picture kissing the syringe he used?

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        All we need to know about you is what’s in your moniker. You idolize a low-integrity guy who’s been caught cheating twice and probably wouldn’t be on a major league roster without it. You, my friend, are a thug living the thug life.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Chooch is a good dude, a cheat, but not a bad human being.

        Take it easy.

      • carlosruiz51 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        What makes you think Im a thug?? Are you inferring a racial stereotype?? Dont make the same mistake Riley Cooper did??

      • carlosruiz51 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        What makes you think Im a thug?? Are you inferring a racial stereotype?? Dont make the same mistake Riley Cooper did!!

      • carlosruiz51 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Thanks @heyblueyoustink. Chooch is a good dude. I think deathmonkey is upset because A-ROID is a low life and cheated twice himself. But this time tried to cover it up. I think deathmonkey has some issues he has to deal with. His Yankees arent the royal priesthood anymore. I wonder if he even lives in New York. He is probably from Hackensack or something….

  5. sdelmonte - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Ah, the irony of science and research intended entirely to counter other science and research.

    And I suppose I could argue about what “the right way” is, given the long history of cheating in every sport ever. And also a “level playing field,” since the very fact that every field has different dimensions tells me such a thing doesn’t exist.

    But it’s not really a bad statement. From where I sit, baseball is taking PEDs very seriously. There is a certain amount of exaggeration and fist-pumping, but this gets to the heart of the issue as Bud sees it, and as most players seem to see it as well.

    • atmrover2013 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      “level playing field,” as used here, is a metaphor for relative equality between players so far as not being allowed PED’s is concerned – their progress based on their talent, hustle, desire, and performance alone. Has nothing to do with anything physical, such as field dimensions, etc.

      • sdelmonte - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        I just don’t believe there is such a thing in any way, shape or form. In anything in life, sadly.

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Smug Smelig

  7. historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Um, not every name is Hispanic and you know some of them were born here, right?

    • carlosruiz51 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Its Latino….Thanks for clearing that up downwithespn….

    • historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Bahahahahahahahaahah!

      I haven’t seen that kind of selectivity since Eric Foner’s Reconstruction.

      You must be from the west coast. If you are up on the debate, the you surely must be familiar with the problems with “Latin” or “Latino” as well (or even with one generic label). But, I do appreciate your attempt to turn your jab at Latin American culture into a laughable suggestion that I am a bigot.

  8. ndnut - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Considering the “Gangsta Bud” pick, I propose a paraphrase. Throw in random interjections of “Yeeeaaaaaahhh” from Lil Jon in about 25 spots. Then end the statement with Bud saying “Word!” and dropping the mic.

  9. historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I’d just like to say after reading the Tigers’ statement on Peralta’s suspension that I appreciate again rooting for a team that 1) abides by the confidentiality provisions of the drug agreement and 2) does not Valentine players.

  10. cdeangelus - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    The most important question in all of this now is: why weren’t these people caught by the testing procedures? How did they get around the drug testing, and if these 14 got around it, how many more are getting around it, that weren’t involved with Biogenesis?

    That’s the elephant in the room no one is talking about. Had it not beed for intrepid Miami reporters, we may have never known about Biogenesis.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      It really just comes down to luck. Players are only tested so often (Typically twice a season, and potentially once in the off-season.) (More often if they have previous violations or reasonable doubt.) The drugs only show up in your system for a limited time. (And that’s even before masking agents.) There’s simply no possible way to ensure all players are clean 100% of the time, unless you are taking samples from every player weekly.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        This. Also, I think every player is tested in spring training, but it’s not guaranteed during the year. Or if it is, it’s a small amount. Nothing’s stopping MLB/MLBPA from increasing the frequency of testing. One quibble:

        (And that’s even before masking agents.)

        There’s no such thing as a masking agent.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        From a quick skimming of the JDA I did a month or so ago, all players are guaranteed to be tested during spring training, and once again randomly during the rest of the year. Additional tests are then conducted only on a case by case basis, within reasoning. (If say a player gets arrested for a DUI, or an anonymous tip, or if you have previously violated the drug policy, etc.)

        So, basically if you get your second test in June, you know you won’t be tested again for the rest of the year.

        Seems to me this is the biggest problem with the testing program.

        BTW, the JDA is available online here:

        http://mlb.mlb.com/pa/pdf/jda.pdf

      • paperlions - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        MLB conducts about 5 times as many tests as there are players on the 40 man roster. There are plenty of in-season tests beyond the minimum of 1.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        1. In-Season Testing. During each championship season covered by the Program all Players shall be tested for the presence of Performance Enhancing Substances and Stimulants as follows:
        (a) Each Player shall be tested upon reporting to spring training.
        (b) All Players will be selected for an additional unannounced urine specimen collection on a randomly selected date.
        2. Additional Random Testing. In addition to the testing conducted pursuant to Section 3.A.1 above, an additional 1,400 tests shall be conducted of randomly-selected Players at unannounced times for the presence of Performance Enhancing Substances and Stimulants. Of these additional tests, the IPA may conduct collections at unannounced times during the off-season
        The IPA shall conduct up to 200 off-season tests during the 2012-13 off-season; up to 225 off-season tests during the 2013-14 off-season; and up to 250 off-season tests for all other off-seasons covered by this Program.

        [Edited it down for readability]

  11. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Still no explanation as to why different players received different penalties for violating the same rules. Very disappointing. Rumors and speculation are not good enough here. If you have one player penalized over 4 times the amount of others, you’d have better give a good reason. Not that I care for Rodriguez one bit, but I want to know exactly why he’s 4 times as evil as the rest of the suspended players. Oh well, it will all come out when this thing inevitably goes before an arbiter/court.

    By my count, total penalties are as follows:
    Alex Rodriguez: 211
    Ryan Braun: 65
    Jordany Valdespin, Antonio Bastardo, Sergio Escalona, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Cesar Puello, Fautino De Los Santos, Fernando Martinez and Jordan Norberto : 50 Games.

    Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal, and Melky Cabrera: 50 games time served.

    Gio Gonzalez, Danny Valencia: Lack of evidence – 0 games.

  12. pokesmot13 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Racist Much?

    What about Mark McGwire, Andy Pettite, Jason Giambi, Roger Clemens etc.?

    You wanna talk about white culture and how the majority of mass murderers/ serial killers are white?
    Brevik, James Holmes, Adam Lanza, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, The Columbine Shooters, BTK Killer etc.

    You have no right to judge any culture.

  13. freerayray52 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    All this just to help the Yankees. Remember Bud is just as bad as Arod in every way.

    • tbutler704 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      “Remember Bud is just as bad as Arod in every way.”

      Pure idiocy.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        No kidding, Arod never got his ass handed to him because he was part of an ownership group that was found colluding against some FAs. You know, breaking federal laws and such.

      • paperlions - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Bud is actually far worse. Just ask the people of Milwaukee. He defrauded the county out of 100s of millions while he owned the Brewers.

  14. tbutler704 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    This is racist as hell. Go away, Rush Limbaugh.

  15. jmmsr1 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    He is just as guilty as the players involved. He should suspend himself. Like he didn’t know (suspect) McGuire and Sosa et al ? C’mon….

  16. cohnjusack - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    1. Something about Latin culture encourages disregard for the rules.

    I never knew Ryan Braun, Mark McGwire, Troy Glaus, Matt Williams, Roger Clemens, Matt Lawton, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Barry Bonds, Wally Joyner, John Rocker, Paul Byrd, Rick Ankiel, Jim Leyritz etc were Latinos.

  17. scotttheskeptic - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Here’s the common thread – they are all baseball players under contract to Major League teams.

    Now go call a realtor to find a new rock to crawl under.

  18. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Let’s leave out the latent racism and just respond to the comments:

    1. Something about Latin culture encourages disregard for the rules.

    Could it be that these substances are legal in these countries? I mean, forget the fact that you are using “latin” as one giant blanket to cover multiple countries.

    2. Something about the economy of Latin countries/Latin American-neighborhoods makes accepting the risk of suspension/shame/etc. worthwhile.

    Gee you think? I believe the Yanks signed Mo for something like $3000 out of panama many years ago. Players today are signed for $1M or less at age 16 in the DR/Cuba/Mexico/Venezuela. Do you think there might be an incentive to use PEDs? Although it’s the exact same incentive for minor league non-prospects to use. Not really indicative of being “latin”.

  19. bronco58lb - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    In the past, Selig has raved about MLB banning tobacco use in the minors and it’s still common to see minor league players dipping around the field. I know of a minor league administrator who sat next to a pitcher who was clearly spitting tobacco in a cup and no discipline was ever handed to him. I think Selig and MLB is doing a better job than the NFL, NBA and NHL in addressing PEDs, but there is still a part of me that thinks this nothing more than an illusion of tough discipline to appease the public. Just because previous statements made by the Commissioner have proven to be contradictory of reality.

  20. number42is1 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    “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.”

    But drinking and driving… FUCK YEA WE APPROVE!

    -Bud

  21. chill1184 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    “Baseball must do everything it can to maintain integrity, fairness and a level playing field. ”

    I nearly spit out my water reading that statement.

    Hey Bud lets take a trip down memory lane shall we?

    You talk about integrity of the game ok then…..

    How about I throw you three names; Fred Wilpon, Jeffery Loria and Frank McCourt

    Bud, do you know who these men are? Well lets start with Mr. Frank McCourt, McCourt was the man who you let buy the Dodgers back in 2004 knowing full well that McCourt’s earnings were full of more lies than a speech from a politician. But know you and your cronies just let it fly all ho hum de da. Well that was until Frank and his wife decided to have a little spat and that it came to light that the McCourt family was using the Dodgers as their own personal ATM machine. Thats when you decided to put on your big boy pants and kick McCourt to the curb and rightfully so.

    However were you actually sincere about actually weeding out bad owners and ownership groups in MLB?

    In enter glorious douchebag Fred Wilpon owner of the Mets, you do remember your boy Fred right Bud? You should Bud, you happily undercut Nelson Doubleday’s shares of the team back when he was selling them in 2002. Why did you do that Bud? Was it because Doubleday was one of the owners that warned the rest of the league the dangers of letting a corrupt snake like yourself in charge of the best sport in North America?

    Fast forward a few years and boom a man named Madoff enters the media lexicon. Bernie Madoff who ran the biggest financial fraud since the Enron scandal is discovered to have been runing a ponzi scheme and some big money people are caught in it. Including an owner of a sports team. Do you know who that owner was Bud? It was your buddy Fred f-ing Wilpon! One would think that after your outrage with the McCourt family ruining the Dodgers you would be more than happy to kick Wilpon to the curb and put the team up for sale right? Apparently your supposed spine to standing up to bad ownership only exists when said owners are not your lap dogs. You decide to go all Bagdad Bob whenever some mental midget in the media decides to ask questions in regards to Wilpon and his financial health in saying that everything was fine. However Bud, everything wasn’t fine, you continued to keep old Freddy boy afloat with various loans and money shifting. In addition you could always count on the gaggle of retards that is the MSM sports media to not question you. All the while repeating the line that you were committed to seeing a healthy national league team in NY. I can only imagine what backpedaling you’ll be doing if Wilpon cries poor in this upcoming offseason.

    Last but not least good old Jeffery Loria, owner of the Marlins. Loria has to be your crowing achievement Bud. I mean the man who destroyed baseball in the great city of Montreal is allowed to own another team. Man, where else can one screw up so bad and get another chance in the same company to do it all again! I guess Dilbert was right, sometimes its better to be a famous screw up than be a competent nobody.

    Of course Bud these issues aren’t the only issues that are on your legacy;

    1. The handling of the Minnesota Twins in which you hope to contract them so your family owned Brewers could have a bigger share of the Midwestern media market (no offense to Brewers fans)

    2. The constant complaining of the Tampa Bay Rays attendance issues. An issue in which you created

    3. The constant stalling of the A’s to San Jose issue. It’s year 4, you would think this would’ve been figured out by now

    4. The fact that you ignored PED usage back in the 90s and it took Jose Canseco of all people to bring the issue to light back in 2005 with his tell all book in which for the most part you and your cronies still ignored. Which makes this witch hunt hilarious and pathetic at the same time.

    5. Your continued bucking of instant replay with no real legitimate excuse on why not to implement it. Yet the other three major leagues don’t seem to have an issue with it.

    So Bud instead of worrying about your pathetic legacy how about actually fixing real issues in MLB. I wont hold my breath.

    • tbutler704 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      I’m really, really impressed by the amount of time you had to have put into this.

      • scotttheskeptic - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Very, very nicely done.

    • jfk69 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Buds record
      Collusion..290 million dollar settlement

      The destruction of the Montreal franchise. He was sued for illegal activities and racketeering. He settled out of court yet again in a private..read finanancial bribe. Having them play home games in Puerto Rico as well

      Replacement players

      The wild card …now popular but was at first brought forward to fill the owners pockets with more TV revenue. In fact Marvin Miller put it forward and now Bud takes credit for it…lol

      The cancelation of the 94 World Series after siding with owners on the players strike in retaliation. It took 90 years for this to happen. Thanks buddy.

      Took no action on the steroid rumored home run chases while the revenue was pouring in. Only when Congress got involved did Buddy empty pockets get involved. He only was the commissioner after all.

      More wild cards…MORE MONEY

      See a theme here. If the owners and Buds pockets are full all is good. Anything gets in their way Buddy Action Jackson will there to male all right. Of course..In the Best interest Of Baseball

  22. sdemp - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Might be a good day for Selig, but not for baseball or baseball fans. This whole “thing” was a joke from the start and doesn’t do anything to help the game nor clean it up.

  23. kevinbnyc - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Clearly all of this can be explained away by a little good old-fashioned racism. Thanks, douchebag.

  24. chill1184 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Hi Pat Buchanan how are you today? Did you take time out of your day complaining about immigration to comment here?

  25. misterj167 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    In a related note, several members of the Arizona Diamondbacks have tested positive for grit, however, since they are all on the DL for running headlong into outfield walls, oddly enough on infield grounders, suspensions were deemed unnecessary.

    • nbjays - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Is grit specifically named as a banned substance by MLB?

      • ilovegspot - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        it’s just tobacco

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