On one hand, that's a pretty bold statement, particularly considering the fact that the league is quite actively trying to suspend Ryan Braun, the 2011 NL MVP and 2012 runner-up.
On the other hand, it's not saying all that much, since it's widely known that baseball had a pretty serious drug problem up until very recently.
Well, according to Selig, that last part isn't true. He disagrees with people who say that they waited too long to take on the PED issue.
Sorry Bud, but you're just flat out wrong on this one. There's no question that the league was incredibly slow to react. Perhaps they were just deer caught in the headlights of 60+ HR leaving the park in a single season off the same player's bat several times in a few years, after such a season eluding the entire league since 1961. Perhaps the attendance numbers and television ratings got in the way of the league investigating their own players.
Now, of course, we've reached the opposite end of the spectrum. Players are tested rigorously, yet Selig is still pursuing punishments for players without a legitimate failed test. Braun, for example, won an appeal last year after his urine sample was mishandled. Now, without further incident, he could still face punishment based on the testimony of a not-so-reputable drug peddler from Florida.
Is Selig crossing the line now? He doesn't think so.
Apparently it was in the league's best interest to turn a blind eye to the likes of Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds in the past, but now it's in their best interest to over-pursue Braun.
Is it because they're mad about him dodging suspension in 2012? Or is it just that they have to make an example of someone, and he's the biggest name available?
Either way, let's not fall victim to Selig's two-faced propaganda. Either the league is cleaner than it's ever been, or one of the biggest stars is facing a potential suspension. You can't have it both ways.