Selig stands by A-Rod suspension as new leak report hounds Yankees slugger

Posted by Staff  August 16, 2013 10:42 AM

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It was reported on Friday that '60 Minutes' has learned that members of Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle are responsible for leaking information in February that implicated suspended Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, as well as Rodriguez’s Yankee teammate Francisco Cervelli, in the Biogenesis scandal that has resulted in suspensions of a dozen MLB players.

'60 Minutes' reports that the leak came days after the Miami New Times published documents that detailed Rodriguez’s drug use.

Meanwhile, MLB commissioner Bud Selig stands by his decision to suspend Rodriguez 211 games and believes he made the right decision in the length of Rodriguez’s suspension, the longest drug-related ban in MLB history. Rodriguez has formally appealed the suspension.

“It was not difficult for me at all,’’ Selig said. ‘‘I spent many, many hours thinking about it, trying to be fair, trying to be logical and rational. I wouldn’t second-guess a thing at all. I thought it was eminently fair.’’

Members of Rodriguez’s camp have been critical of the commissioner since his ruling was announced in early August, but Selig is not worrying about what is being said about his decision.

‘‘I can’t control what people are saying,’’ Selig said. ‘‘I have a job to do, and that’s protecting the integrity of the game and enforcing it, and that’s what I'm going to do. The public role in this thing — it is what it is and I accept that. I have no concerns about it.’’

‘‘There are times you'd like it not to be this, but that’s just the way life works out,’’ he added. ‘‘We made a commitment. I made a commitment to a lot of people ... that we would do everything we can to clean up this sport. We have and we will. To be where we are today I think is remarkable.’’

Braun was suspended 65 games in July for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. Cervelli was suspended 50 games along with 11 other players that include All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, and Everth Cabrera.

Information from CBS News and the Associated Press was included in this report.

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