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THE BOSS TAKES HIS CUTS
Frank Deford
April 15, 1985
Commissioner Peter Ueberroth speaks out on the important issues that face baseball today
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April 15, 1985

The Boss Takes His Cuts

Commissioner Peter Ueberroth speaks out on the important issues that face baseball today

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We're doing a lot of things along the lines of public education, too. We have an extensive antidrug campaign planned for television. Players on every single team have donated their time for commercials to help kids stay away from drugs, and you'll be able to see them in every city.

FD: You say you want to make ballplayers into idols again. "Idols"—that was the word you used.

PU: Well, they are idols. I don't say they should be. They are. It's something that shouldn't necessarily be thrust on them, but it is.

FD: So, should they be held to a higher public standard?

PU: I think that anyone who has a public image is held to a higher standard, whether he likes it or not.

FD: Would you go so far, then, as to say, "You, Mr. Player, or you, Mr. Owner, you've done something that is not illegal but it is very damaging to the image of baseball, we don't want you in our game anymore." Can you do that?

PU: I don't think I have the right to throw a player out of anything. And I don't think that's my role. I'm not a policeman. But I think it may be necessary.

FD: How does this sort of thinking apply to your decision reinstating Mantle and Mays?

PU: That was a different issue. I don't fault the prior ruling, but, currently, law-enforcement people tell me to worry about drugs and gambling.

FD: Take drugs and gambling together?

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