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March 03, 2013

David Murphy supports tougher PED penalties

Count David Murphy among the big leaguers who would welcome stiffer penalties for players who use performance-enhancing drugs.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced his desire for harsher penalties Saturday afternoon, which pleased Murphy.

“They’ve worked hard to clean up the game, but obviously things are continuing to happen,” Murphy said. “The cleaner we can get this game, the better.”

Selig said there were only five positive tests of the more than 5,000 conducted during the 2012 season. However, as Murphy said, that small percentage still puts the overwhelming majority under a cloud of suspicion.

“If we can get to a point where we’re perfect, that’s only going to help Major League Baseball that much more,” Murphy said. “Fans see the five, not the 4,995. It’s guilt by association and I don’t want to be associated with those guys when I know I never did anything to cheat.”

-- Drew Davison

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