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'We know what we have to do'

3/6/2004

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Commissioner Bud Selig hopes Major League Baseball can institute a zero-tolerance policy on steroid use similar to one that covers players with minor league contracts.

Selig recently sent a directive to all 30 teams, telling them to
decline comment on steroids and the federal grand jury that
indicted Barry Bonds' trainer.

"There's been enough comment," he said. "We know what we have
to do and we're going to do it."

Selig, attending Anaheim's game against San Diego, sought to put
baseball's focus back on the field. He spent several minutes
fending off steroid-related questions, and he said baseball could
set an attendance mark this season, based on preseason ticket
sales.

"We've got a great year ahead," he said. "The fact that we're
sitting here with all these questions about steroids saddens me.
When the focus is not on what's going on on the field, there's no
question that the sport is hurt."

Selig said he "won't deal with hypotheticals" when asked about
possible penalties levied against a player found to have used
steroids.

"We'll see what the course of human events leads to," he said.