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Major League Baseball (MLB) Biography

Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“There is no place for illegal drug use in Baseball… Illegal drug use can cause injuries on the field, diminished job performance and alienation of those on whom the game’s success depends – Baseball fans…

The possession, sale or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance by Major Leauge players and personnel is strictly prohibited.”

“Baseball’s Drug Policy and Prevention Program,” memo from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, May 15, 1997


Major League Baseball (MLB) consists of two leagues (American and National), each of which are made up of three divisions (East, Central and West).

After a series of prior leagues starting in the mid-19th century, 1869 marked the official beginning of the MLB with its first professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The National League was formed in New York City in 1876 (with two teams that existed prior to the League’s founding), and in 1901 the American League declared itself to be in the major league as well. The first World Series took place in 1903, with the Boston Red Sox beating the Pittsburgh Pirates five games to three.

MLB is the governing organization that sets the official game rules, schedule, drug testing policies, and other rules related to salaries, players, and more. The chief executive officer of MLB is the Commissioner of Baseball. Since 1984, the presidents of the American and National Leagues have been required to answer to the Commissioner in administrative matters.

“The Commissionership: A Historical Perspective,” (accessed Aug. 3, 2009)


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