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Matthews, Jr.'s Lawyer Addresses Steroid Allegations PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 March 2007 14:44

Gary Matthews, Jr.The lawyer for Gary Matthews Jr. addressed allegations against the former Texas Ranger and current Angels centerfielder regarding his name surfacing in an on-going investigation into HGH and other PEDs being distributed through an online pharmacy today.

As reported by the AP:

"Gary wishes to cooperate with Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Angels and any other investigative agency that may look into this matter," lawyer Robert Shapiro said Saturday. "He is eager to tell his side of the story and looks forward to providing a statement once all investigations into the matter have been completed.

"However, it is my long standing policy not to allow clients to comment while an investigation is ongoing. To do so would be inappropriate and I believe irresponsible."

Applied Pharmacy Services in Mobile, Ala. is being investigated for distribution of human growth hormone, leading to nine arrests already.

 
Frank Robinson Rejoins Commissioner's Office PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 March 2007 06:03

Frank RobinsionBaseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that Hall of Famer and former Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson will rejoin the Commissioner’s Office as a Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations, effective March 5th, 2007.

Robinson, who served as Baseball’s Vice President for On-Field Operations from 2000-02, will report directly to Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB’s Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations, and advise Solomon on a variety of baseball matters.

Commissioner Selig said: “I am delighted that Frank has decided to rejoin us at Major League Baseball. Besides being a baseball legend, Frank has a wealth of knowledge about the game from every conceivable point of view. We are grateful to have the opportunity once again to tap into his knowledge and experience.”

 
Commissioner's Office Responds Regarding Selig Memo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 01 March 2007 07:35

MLBSince publication of Commissioner Selig's memo regarding drug testing across all facets of MLB —not just players, a number of questions have come to light.

There are questions as to what would constitute testing of non-players not covered under any of the current testing policies. The memo simply states that non-player personnel not covered under either the MLB Joint Drug Treatment and Prevention Program, as well as the Minor League testing and Umpire testing programs, "may be subject to unannounced testing pursuant to the Program." What would the criterion be that removes "may be"? Does there need to be just cause?

There are questions surrounding whether this is simply instituting a drug testing policy that many companies in other industries have. If that were the case, it would run afoul of some state laws, as well as laws in Canada.

Lastly, there is the question as to whether there is a clear mandate as shown in one of the bolded passages of the memo regarding the penalties that Clubs might incur for not being forthright with information regarding possible drug use by players, including steroids or other PEDs.

As to the criterion for non-players, there seems to be a sense that there is none. That there need not be just cause and that they would be random. Random could mean never... could mean otherwise.

As to whether this mandate by Commissioner Selig is simply adding in drug testing without the direct ties to the controversies surrounding Major League Baseball as it pertains to PEDs, Rich Levin, a spokesman for the Commissioner's Office said, "I don’t know how our testing policy compares to other industries. Our policy is pretty clear about the prohibition of illegal drug use and the use of performance-enhancing substances."

Levin added, "In order to be consistent, the policy has to be applied to everyone in MLB, not just the players."

 
Pirates' VP of Marketing & Sales Schuldt Resigns PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 March 2007 01:17

PiratesTim Schuldt, the Pittsburgh Pirates Vice president of marketing and sales resigned Thursday after two years with the Club.

"He has done a great job working with our excellent sales and marketing team in advancing our business," CEO Kevin McClatchy said in a statement. "We wish him nothing but success moving forward."

Schuldt leaves the Pirates for Motorsports Authentics in Charlotte, N.C.

 
Selig Memo: MLB to Test Non-Players for Steroids, Drugs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 17:32

A newly released and obtained 5-page memo from Commissioner Selig, outlining the breadth and width of attempts to eradicate drug use in MLB—including steroids—all personnel—players (Major and Minor League), non-players (Major and Minor League), Umpires (MLB), executives (Club front office personnel, managers, coaches, trainers), and the Office of the Commissioner (all employees of the Office of the Commissioner, MLB Enterprises, MLB Properties, MLB International, MLB Productions, and MLB Advanced Media)—will fall under the testing program as the players now currently have: unannounced testing for banned substances, including steroids.

Subject to testing In the memo dated Feb. 21 entitled, “Major League Baseball’s Drug Policy and Prevention Program”, the aforementioned groups within MLB are all listed under the subsection: A) Who Is Subject to Testing. While MLB players on the 40 man roster, Minor League players on the 40 man roster, and Umpires are subject to random tests as part of the Joint Drug Agreement, the non-player personnel and executives do not have the “random” provision outlined.

Also, a bolded and italicized statement states the following:

If any Club attempts to conceal or fails to disclose to the Office of the Commissioner any information concerning drug use by a player or other Club personnel, that Club will be fined in an amount up to $2,000,000, the highest allowable amount under the Major League Constitution. This duty to disclose includes all positive test results pursuant to a Club-initiated and administered testing program.

FineWhile it is unclear in the memo the reasoning for the expanded testing to non-player personnel, speculation might suggest that the attempts by George Mitchell in his steroid investigation might be playing a part in this expanded and precedent-setting policy. Mitchell did say in his remarks from the Owners Meetings on January 18th, “I believe that a report that is not credible and thorough will significantly increase the possibility of action by others, especially if it’s the result of a lack of cooperation by the Clubs, or by anyone who is or has been involved with Baseball.”

In addressing confidentiality, it seems clear that while Baseball will look to protect offenders, they may find their names in the public eye.

The memo further states:

The confidentiality of Baseball personnel’s medical conditions and test results will be protected to the maximum extent possible and as required by law recognizing that individuals who violate Baseball’s prohibition on the use of illegal drugs or controlled substances may come to the attention of the public and media.

Select the images above to see excerpts from the memo, or read the entire memo here (PDF)

 
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