Text of Selig’s statement on drug investigation

The text of a statement by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on
the league’s discipline of 13 players in a sweeping drug
investigation:

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.

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