Saturday, March 8, 2008
Selig has no plans to read Bonds' grand jury testimony
PHOENIX -- Bud Selig has no plans to read any of Barry Bonds' grand jury testimony that was ordered released by a judge just over a week ago.
"No, I don't think so," Selig said Saturday. "I think all the lawyers around me will but I don't think there's any reason for me at this time."
Bonds, the unemployed home run king, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. The indictment accuses him of lying to a grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative's involvement in the distribution of steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing substances.
Bonds, who played 15 seasons with San Francisco, was not re-signed by the Giants after last season and has not been signed by another club. He has denied ever knowingly using steroids or other illegal performance enhancers.
Selig spoke during an informal meeting with reporters at Maryvale Baseball Park, where the Milwaukee Brewers, the team he once owned, played the Kansas City Royals.
Selig also said he hasn't decided what he will do about players mentioned in the Mitchell report on drugs and continues to review them on a case-by-case basis.
"I haven't made any decisions on that yet," Selig said. "We are working to finish off all of Sen. [George] Mitchell's recommendations, which will really tighten the program up and somehow I'm hoping one of these days that I can escape a press conference without any questions on this."
One of the players mentioned in the report, Royals slugger Jose Guillen, was suspended for 15 days for violation of baseball's drug policy last December, hours after he agreed with Kansas City on a three-year, $36 million contract.
Guillen, who is expected to play on Sunday for the first time this spring training, bought nearly $20,000 worth of steroids and human growth hormone from 2003-05, the San Francisco Chronicle reported last year. He instructed the players' association to file a grievance, and a decision by arbitrator Shyam Das is expected before the end of spring training.
Selig can review or rescind that suspension, but did not discuss what he might do with Guillen's case. One of the recommendations that the Mitchell report made was that nobody named be punished.
Selig said that his wish is that when he finishes making his decisions, that it will close discussion about it.
"I don't know," Selig said. "I hope so."