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Bud Selig Comments On Florida Franchises, PEDs At Politico Event

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, appearing this morning at a Politico Playbook breakfast event in N.Y., said he has not given up on achieving success for the league in Florida, despite the two franchises ranking at the bottom of the league in average attendance. The Rays are seeking to complete their sixth straight winning season, but rank just 29th in home attendance with an average of 17,791 per game at Tropicana Field. The Marlins, meanwhile, last fall conducted a highly debated dismantling of their roster following an unsuccessful debut season in Marlins Park, and currently rank last in attendance with an average of 17,417.

Selig did not offer substantive comment on the ongoing Biogenesis investigation, which he joked "has been reported in every paper in America for 800 straight days." But more seriously, Selig did say he is committed to completing a thorough probe into the matter. "We will leave no stone unturned, and I don't care what happens. We're going to learn everything we can possibly learn." He added performance-enhancing drugs are not an issue limited to baseball and are a "societal problem."
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