Anti-doping group rips MLB
By: By ANDREW BAGNATO, AP Sports Writer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — One day after testifying before Congress, baseball commissioner Bud Selig told owners he hopes to complete his review of the players and executives mentioned in the Mitchell Report by the start of spring training in mid-February.
Selig did not say whether he would discipline San Francisco Giants officials for failing to report concerns about Barry Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson.
“All he did was reiterate that he needs to review the individual players and the clubs and is going to try to do that as expeditiously as possible, and before spring training if at all possible,” said Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer.
Selig is expected to speak to reporters when the meetings end this morning.
Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive vice president for labor relations briefed owners on the recommendations in the Mitchell Report that have already been adopted unilaterally by management.
The owners met as the World Anti-Doping Agency and Major League Baseball exchanged barbs over whether the sport is resisting independent drug testing.
WADA’s new president severely criticized baseball on Wednesday, saying the sport was resisting the recommendation by former Senate majority leader George Mitchell to transfer drug testing to an independent body.
New WADA boss John Fahey blistered the sport for loopholes in its drug-testing program and heightened tension between MLB and the drug body.
“Professional baseball’s response to Sen. Mitchell’s report is baffling,” Fahey said in a statement. “To suggest that it might continue to keep its anti-doping testing program in-house … is demeaning to Sen. Mitchell and the congressional committees who view doping as a serious threat to public health.”
Baseball fired right back with its own statement.
“These continuing, unprovoked, inaccurate publicity stunts by WADA have created an unwillingness to become more involved with WADA and its affiliates,” Manfred said. “We were hopeful that false public statements by WADA would end with its recent change in leadership, and we are deeply disappointed that Mr. Fahey is showing the same counterproductive tendencies as his predecessor.”
Since its inception in 2002, MLB’s drug program has been run by a joint management-player committee. After prodding from Congress, a jointly picked independent administrator was added for the 2006 season but the administrator can be removed at any time by either party.
Also Wednesday, DuPuy said baseball officials will meet in the next few days with county and city authorities in South Florida about a proposed ballpark for the Florida Marlins.
Miami-Dade County commissioners last month approved a public works project that includes a new 37,000-seat retractable-roof stadium.
The ballpark would be built on the site of the Orange Bowl. The agreement also includes a performing arts center, port tunnel project and soccer stadium.
DuPuy said there would be “modest rules changes” announced when the meetings conclude on Thursday, but he said instant replay was not discussed.