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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