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Reaction to MLB suspensions

Monday - 8/5/2013, 11:00pm  ET

The Associated Press

Reaction to MLB's suspension of 13 players on Monday, after a sweeping drug investigation:

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"I'm a human being. I've had two hip surgeries. I've had two knee surgeries. I'm fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don't defend myself, no one else will. There's a process. I'm happy with the process. In due time, hopefully whatever happens, happens." -- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

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"Those players who have violated the Program have created scrutiny for the vast majority of our players, who play the game the right way." -- Commissioner Bud Selig, from a statement released by MLB.

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"What they were doing that is inappropriate is imposing a penalty that is way too harsh. I mean, we've never had a 200-plus (game) penalty for a player who may have used drugs. And among other things, I just think that's way out of line." -- MLB Players Association executive director Michael Weiner.

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"We believe that effective enforcement efforts through testing and investigations increases the deterrent effect of our program." -- Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president for economics and league affairs.

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"I'm not saying that anyone is making anything up. I'm not saying anything about MLB or anything that's going on. I am saying that we have a process. This is America. You have an opportunity to defend yourself, and I think the process, like all of Americans, we'll have an opportunity to defend ourselves in a due process, and I think that's what we have today and I'll have my day." -- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

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"Today is a sad day for MLB, the fans of this great game, and all players who may have been negatively affected by others selfishness. Ultimately, although today will be a day of infamy for MLB, it is a tremendous step in the right direction for the game we love." -- Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria, on his Twitter account.

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"I think as a whole we're disappointed that we haven't as an industry moved past this. Because there's a been an awful lot of effort put into this and a lot of education and MLB has made it a priority so yeah, it's disappointing that we haven't gotten further down the road." -- Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan.

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"Not surprised by the names, it surprises me that people keep trying. ... If you keep trying to do something wrong, sooner or later they're going to get you. That's my point. So I don't want to do nothing wrong in baseball because maybe they want to catch me. I have family and friends so I don't want to let them down." -- New York Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano.

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"Obviously it was a pretty widespread scheme coming out of South Florida. Issuing these suspensions is a good day for clean athletes. It shows no players are above the game and this commissioner is going to take a leadership position and hold those accountable who violate the rules of the sport. It really validates the decision of millions of athletes around the world who make the decision when confronted with it not to use dangerous performance-enhancing drugs." -- U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart.

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"This has been an ongoing thing for so long. It's not like somebody just died suddenly. It's kind of what I expected. I was a very close person in his life at one time and probably a mentor, and those were great times and I really liked them and appreciated them. That's what I remember. These things here, I'd like to forget. He's an intelligent person. He had the ability to make all the choices. He made the choices and now he's got to live with them." -- Rich Hofman, who was Rodriguez's high school coach at Westminster Christian in Miami.

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"Through the Olympics and then baseball and then a term as chairman of the United States Olympic Committee from 2004-08, I had a chance to watch the cheating grow around the world. This is the best effort that I've seen any sport make to both send a message and curtail the problem. It's a full-time part of sport to be proactive and stop cheating. Some sports have just ignored it, as an example, cycling, over a long period of time. I think from everything I've read and the information available to me, it looks like Bud provided the leadership that brought all factions together to dramatically reduce and eventually eliminate this type of cheating in major league baseball." -- former Commissioner Peter Ueberroth.

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