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"Major League Baseball has always recognized the influence that our stars can have on the youth of America. As such, we are concerned that recent revelations and allegations of steroid use have been sending a terrible message to young people."

-- Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig


Curt Schilling, from right, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jose Canseco, with lawyers and an interpreter, appear in House. (Lucian Perkins -- The Washington Post)

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"I don't know exactly how the policy for Major League Baseball is structured right now, but I've heard it's a complete joke. Obviously, if it were a proper system, completely educating athletes and so forth, I truly believe that no major league player would do steroids -- absolutely not."

-- Jose Canseco, former player, author of "Juiced"

"Our children are reading "Juiced" right now, watching Barry Bonds lie right now, getting permission from their role models right now to use. Canseco states and his counterparts imply that as long as you trust your instincts, control carefully the amounts, administer them at a proper time, and be smart, careful, and know what you're doing, full potential can be reached."

-- Denise Garibaldi, whose son, Rob, committed suicide in 2002

"Major League Baseball's policy on steroids needs to be one of zero tolerance, and it is not, and it needs to have teeth."

-- Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)

"Anabolic steroids can lead to heart attack, stroke, liver tumors, kidney failure, and serious psychiatric problems. In addition, because steroids are often injected, users risk contracting or transmitting HIV or hepatitis."

-- Nora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse

"My hope is that this hearing results in an increased awareness of steroids and their inherent danger to America's youth."

-- Red Sox' Curt Schilling

"Steroids are dangerous, and the public should be educated about them. And in particular, parents should make sure their children are aware that steroids can be bad for their health."

-- White Sox' Frank Thomas

"Only when baseball demonstrates its unabashed commitment to drug-free sport will it fully regain the confidence of its fans and once again deservedly become America's favorite pastime."

-- Gary Wadler, New York University School of Medicine


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