Selig ready to build on Mitchell Report
Commissioner confident in MLB's program moving forward
CLEVELAND -- Commissioner Bud Selig reiterated his support on Tuesday for the Mitchell Report, the result of a study into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball that was released last week.
Speaking at a scholarship/awards luncheon in midtown Cleveland, Selig told reporters afterward that he had re-read former Sen. George Mitchell's report and is now studying and analyzing issues that grew out of it. He said he's aware of what has been said and written about those findings.
"Look, I said all I could say last Thursday," Selig said. "I'm proud of where we are; we have the toughest testing program in American sports; we have certainly banned amphetamines, which were a problem in our sport for seven or eight decades.
"We are funding a program for human growth hormones ... with the National Football League, I might add."
Selig said he has heard the criticism that Major League Baseball was slow to react to the problem of steroids and HGH use. But the Commissioner pointed out that the Minor League program for detecting steroids will be entering its eighth season.
"Really from the late '90s on, we've been monitoring this thing -- doing as much as we can," Selig said. "The things that I can do unilaterally I have done -- and will continue to do those."
He reiterated that the recommendations Mitchell made in his report were reasonable.
The Report recommended, among other things, year-round, unannounced drug testing in a process that is independent and transparent. The process should, the Report said, respect the legitimate rights of the players.
In the Report, Mitchell cited 89 players, including stars Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Tejada, for use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Of that total, 72 were linked to one of three sources: the investigation of former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski (49 names); the investigation by the Albany, N.Y., district attorney's office into a Florida pharmacy (15 names); and the BALCO probe (eight names).
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.