Saturday, March 7, 2009
Selig says baseball is cleaned up and he's `proud'
PHOENIX -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says he's proud of how far the sport has come in attempting to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs.
"It's been an interesting experience for me in the respect that we've cleaned the game up," Selig said Saturday during a spring training game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. "I'm proud of where we are."
If there's work still to be done, Selig said, it's in being able to test for human growth hormone.
"There's not a test, regardless of what people say," Selig said. "If there's a test we'll use it. I can't wait to sit down and tell you that we now have a test for HGH."
Selig wouldn't comment on his office's interview with Alex Rodriguez following the All-Star third baseman's admission that he used steroids from 2001-03 while playing for Texas.
Selig's lone frustration stemming from the A-Rod situation is in being told that he should have known earlier that steroids were a problem.
"If I sound frustrated it's because you get into revisionism 15-20 years later and it's the wrong set of facts you're revising," Selig said. "My frustration is we started (minor league testing) in 1998. Where were we sleeping?"
On the economic front, Selig said he and his staff receive frequent updates from all 30 franchises regarding their financial situation.
"We have some clubs that are doing remarkable business and we have some clubs that are struggling," Selig said. "Are we monitoring things? You bet."