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