Selig addresses HGH use in open letter to fans

Updated: June 16, 2006, 1:46 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- In an open letter to fans, commissioner Bud Selig said he will not tolerate the use of human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

Selig's letter was to appear in several publications Friday and on MLB.com. Though he didn't name Jason Grimsley, the commissioner said he was disappointed and angered by a player's admission that he used HGH and the player's statements that other major-leaguers use the banned substance.

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On June 6, federal agents raided Grimsley's Arizona home following his admission that he had used HGH, steroids and amphetamines. The pitcher also reportedly named several players who he said were using HGH, currently undetectable with baseball's drug test. The reliever was released by the Diamondbacks the following day and given a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball on Monday.

Selig warned that players who use banned substances also put themselves in legal jeopardy.

"These individuals break the rules of baseball," he said. "But the use of steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs in this manner is also against the law. The investigative abilities of the FBI are powerful and baseball players are no different from anyone else in our society. If you break the law, you put yourself at risk."

The commissioner said the overwhelming majority of players obey the rules, but some cheat to try to get an edge and raise suspicions about the integrity of their teammates while violating fans' trust in them.

Selig said he was proud of baseball's steroid policy and would continue to support research for a reliable urine test to detect HGH.


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