Bud Selig Thinking About Punishing A-Rod

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IFebruary 12, 2009

(Zell's Pinstripe Blog)

These threats from Bud Selig about punishing A-Rod are a bunch of bologna. I don’t think it will happen. A-Rod claims that he used steroids from 2001-2003 with the Texas Rangers. At that time, there were no punishments for players who tested positive for PEDs. The following year, penalties would be given out if they tested positive for banned substances.

This is what Bud had to say:

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am saddened by the revelations concerning Alex Rodriguez’s use of performance-enhancing substances. While Alex deserves credit for publicly confronting the issue, there is no valid excuse for using such substances and those who use them have shamed the game.

“What Alex did was wrong and he will have to live with the damage he has done to his name and reputation. His actions are also a reminder to everyone in baseball—under our current drug program, if you are caught using steroids and/or amphetamines, you will be punished. Since 2005, every player who has tested positive for steroids has been suspended for as much as 50 games. Eradicating performance-enhancing substances from the game of baseball has been my first priority over the past decade and it is important to remember that these recent revelations relate to pre-program activity.”


The other thing Selig said was that he was “not dismissing” reinstating his friend Hank Aaron as baseball’s all-time home run king, while admitting that “once you start tinkering you create more problems.”

My question is...why didn’t Bud punish Giambi and Pettitte...?


An interesting report:

Johnny Damon: I turned down steroids:

“When I was 13, somebody tried to push it on me, but since I was 6'1" and 180 pounds, I knew I didn’t ever have to take it,” Damon told the radio station. “I’m a big boy by nature, I’ve been blessed with strength. ... I made the right decision, but sometimes guys don’t make that right decision.”


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Brian Cashman: Players who tested positive for steroids should come clean

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