Selig wants baseball to set steroid policy

Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Commissioner Bud Selig wants baseball, not the government, to determine the game's steroid policy.

''I said that I would be for federal legislation, and I am,'' Selig said Saturday during a spring training game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels. ''But ... I just think we need to do this ourselves.

''There are several things at work here,'' he said. ''One is, I think, is the best interests of the sport. Two, is to protect the integrity of the sport.''

Selig said he has been visiting teams to get their input on the issue and met with Angels owner Arte Moreno for an hour Saturday.

''I have not made any decisions yet, but I have been doing a lot of thinking,'' Selig said. ''The thing that keeps coming back to me is our players have been so good. The testing has worked. I'm protective of the players.

"But to have tougher penalties is something I've always believed in.''

In January, baseball announced a new testing program with suspensions for first-time offenders, but the policy was criticized by some as too lenient.

''The only variable that has changed in the past two months, with all due respect, is Jose Canseco's book,'' Selig said. ''The policy has continued to work. The key to all this is we need to eradicate steroids from our sport.''

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