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Keeping their distance

Major League Baseball, Giants staying away from steroids issue and Bonds trial

Updated: April 1, 2011, 5:20 PM ET
By Mark Fainaru-Wada | ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the spring of 2004, as the BALCO steroids swirl began to stir squarely around Major League Baseball, a top executive suggested the players' union was praying Opening Day would bring relief from growing pressure to improve the sport's weak performance-enhancing drug policy.

The executive insisted commissioner Bud Selig and the owners were serious about confronting an issue their sport had avoided for at least a decade; it was the players, he said, who were impeding ...

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