Selig stands by his suspension decision

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig attends the Reuters Media Summit in New York in this...

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig attends the Reuters Media Summit in New York in this December 2, 2008 file photo. I (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files)

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Baseball commissioner Bud Selig continues to believe that the 211-game suspension of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was fair and equitable.

If some think the penalty was too harsh, Selig said there's nothing he can do about public opinion.

"That's part of my job and part of my life, I guess," Selig said after the quarterly owners meetings on Thursday in Cooperstown, N.Y. "I have to say I'm very comfortable with what our people have done. Very comfortable.

"I can't control what other people say and do. I have a job to do, and the job is to protect the integrity of the sport and enforce our program, and that's what I'm going to do. It's no more involved than that, and that's exactly what it is."

Rodriguez continues to play while he appeals the suspension handed down on Aug. 5 after he was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs and obstructing Major League Baseball's investigation into the south Florida Biogenesis clinic.

"I spent many, many hours thinking about it," Selig said. "Trying to be fair, trying to be logical and rational. And the one thing you learn in this job after 20-something years, I wouldn't second-guess it today at all.

"I know why I did it, and what I did. I thought it was eminently fair then and I think it's eminently fair today."

Twelve other players accepted 50-game suspensions and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun agreed to a season-ending 65-game suspension.

"When I think back, and I told the clubs this today, we went all those years without a drug-testing program," Selig said. "We went through the cocaine era in the '80s, which I've replayed in my mind a thousand times, and to be where we are today, I think, is remarkable. We made a commitment, and I made a commitment to a lot of people and a lot of entities, that we would do everything we can to clean up this sport. We have, we will and we will continue to do so."


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