Reaction to MLB suspensions

Reaction to MLB’s suspension of 13 players on Monday, after a sweeping drug investigation:

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“I’m a human being. I’ve had two hip surgeries. I’ve had two knee surgeries. I’m fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don’t defend myself, no one else will. There’s a process. I’m happy with the process. In due time, hopefully whatever happens, happens.” _ Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

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“Those players who have violated the Program have created scrutiny for the vast majority of our players, who play the game the right way.” _ Commissioner Bud Selig, from a statement released by MLB.

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“What they were doing that is inappropriate is imposing a penalty that is way too harsh. I mean, we’ve never had a 200-plus (game) penalty for a player who may have used drugs. And among other things, I just think that’s way out of line.” _ MLB Players Association executive director Michael Weiner.

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“We believe that effective enforcement efforts through testing and investigations increases the deterrent effect of our program.” _ Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive vice president for economics and league affairs.

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“I’m not saying that anyone is making anything up. I’m not saying anything about MLB or anything that’s going on. I am saying that we have a process. This is America. You have an opportunity to defend yourself, and I think the process, like all of Americans, we’ll have an opportunity to defend ourselves in a due process, and I think that’s what we have today and I’ll have my day.” _ Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

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“Today is a sad day for MLB, the fans of this great game, and all players who may have been negatively affected by others selfishness. Ultimately, although today will be a day of infamy for MLB, it is a tremendous step in the right direction for the game we love.” _ Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria, on his Twitter account.

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“I think as a whole we’re disappointed that we haven’t as an industry moved past this. Because there’s a been an awful lot of effort put into this and a lot of education and MLB has made it a priority so yeah, it’s disappointing that we haven’t gotten further down the road.” _ Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan.

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