Bud Selig talks steroids, DH and All-Star Game at SiriusXM Town Hall

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig sat down with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo of Mad Dog Radio at All-Star FanFest in New York City to talk about steroids, the designated hitter, baseball’s home run record and more at a SiriusXM Town Hall event.

At the forefront of many baseball fans’ minds recently has been the MLB investigation into Biogenesis. A Florida-based clinic headed by Anthony Bosch prior to its shutdown, Biogenesis was linked to several players in the league as a supplier of performance-enhancing drugs by the Miami New Times. And in recent days, reports surfaced suggesting the league may look to suspend former All-Stars Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez due to their alleged involvement with the clinic. Russo asked Selig about the ongoing scandal.

Selig also explained to Russo why the league wouldn’t be able to change penalties for violators of the MLB drug policy for a while.

One of the participants in the Town Hall asked Selig about the “steroid era,” a label that, according to an anecdote told by the commissioner, was resented by a former high-profile player.

A fallout of the steroid era was the demolition of several of baseball’s long-standing home run records, including the single-season record formerly held by Roger Maris and since broken by Barry Bonds and several other players, and the all-time record once held by Hank Aaron and now owned by Bonds. Selig said that fans of the game will have to use their personal judgment in deciding how each record should be recognized.

The commissioner also responded to the idea of bringing the designated hitter to the National League. Selig conceded that American League fans love the designated hitter, while National League fans hate it—a stance echoed by several Mets fans in the audience who booed the rule. Selig told Russo that the DH won’t come to the NL in the foreseeable future.

SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Bud Selig was part of SiriusXM’s Town Hall series, featuring intimate gatherings with iconic musicians, entertainers and figures and a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners. Previous SiriusXM Town Hall specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Billy Crystal, Tom Petty, Tony Bennett, Quentin Tarantino, Tina Fey, Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Coldplay, Ringo Starr, Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Crosby, Stills and Nash and the surviving members of Nirvana.

For rebroadcast times, visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall.

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