Cliff Lee backs baseball's drug policy

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

For the 11th straight season, baseball commissioner Bud Selig was available for a Q&A session with members of the Baseball Writers Association of America on All-Star Tuesday.

The most popular topic on the agenda with the commish was the ongoing investigation into the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, which has been accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players. Former MVPs Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez could be among those disciplined when the investigation concludes.

 Selig would not speculate on when those decisions would come.

"Only time will tell," Selig said. "We're in the midst of a very thorough and tough investigation on all of this, because I really believe it's not only the right thing to do, but we're going to do it and that's all I can tell you."


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While those facing possible penalties obviously can’t be pleased, a lot of major leaguers are glad to see justice being served. Like Cliff Lee.

“I think this is just proving that the system works,” Lee said of Major League Baseball’s drug policy.

Although some players might grow tired of the dark cloud that is PEDs following their sport around endlessly, Lee is glad he’s playing now as opposed to the 1990s, when steroid use wide spread and not penalized.

“Guys are getting caught,” Lee said before Tuesday's All-Star Game at Citi Field. “You’re not getting away with it anymore. It’s not like it’s a lingering issue. It’s proven that we’ve taken care of the issue. If you do it – no matter who you are – you’re going to get in trouble and suspended and everyone is going to know. To me it’s a good thing. I hope anyone that does steroids or anything like that, and they’re cheating the game, I hope they get caught and I hope they get suspended. That’s the way it should be.”

Lee expects to take the mound at some point tonight, "they told me three of four pitchers were ahead of me." Phillies teammate Domonic Brown was told he would play in the "second half" of the game.

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