Baseball Commish: ‘I Will Act’

Selig says he'll implement all of Mitchell's recommendations
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 5:00 PM CST
Baseball fans, from left, Kyle Hanlon. Jordan Burns and Kevin Howes watch a news coverage of the Mitchell Report at the sports shop at Dodger Stadium, Thursday Dec. 13, 2007 in Los Angeles. The report...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called the Mitchell Report a “call to action” today, and said he'd execute every recommendation the former senator made in his bombshell appraisal of steroid use. As to punishment for current players named in the report, Selig said Mitchell was right to defer to him—and his decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis, reports.

Implementing some of the report’s advice will entail cooperation from the Players Association, Selig cautioned, such as improvement of a drug-prevention and treatment program. Disciplinary action is complicated because the named players were linked to steroids when punishments were different than they are currently. Still, the commish made a commitment today to “the name of integrity.”