Commissioner Bud Selig told baseball's owners Thursday they will make changes to their current drug program without going to an independent administrator, but plan to adopt other recommendations in George Mitchell's report on performance-enhancing drugs.
Instead of turning the drug testing to an outside body, as recommended by Mitchell and the World Anti-Doping Agency, Selig said baseball will instead provide more independence to Dr. Bryan Smith, who's in charge of the testing program.
"Independent is independent," Selig said.
"We believe it is independent now. When I say, 'independent,' that means Dr. Smith is as independent as he needs to be. So we have to strengthen the program just to assure that independence, and we'll continue to do that.
"I want to strengthen it in every way, with more testing and more series of other things. I think we've come to that, and we should do that."http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2008-01-17-testing-doctor_N.htm