TAMPA, Fla. -- Mark Teixeira has been an outspoken critic of performance-enhancing drug use in baseball, commenting that he is "sick" of the topic being discussed, and the Yankees first baseman said that he is not alone among his peers.
"Most guys are on the same page, generally speaking," Teixeira said. "I don't even want a kid to look at me and say, 'Oh, he just hit three homers in a game, he's probably on steroids.' That's a tough thing.
"It's part of our job, it's been part of baseball for a long time, it's not going to go away. But we just have to, in our minds, know that we're doing everything we possibly can."
Teixeira's comments came after a visit to the Yanks' clubhouse from Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Weiner has been touring big league camps and, among other topics, has briefed players on the increased testing for this season -- including blood tests for HGH, which will now be administered randomly in-season.
Weiner said that the sentiments expressed by Teixeira have been commonly heard in the wake of MLB's ongoing investigation into biochemist Anthony Bosch and his now-defunct Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.
"That is the view of the players," Weiner said. "I use those words in my talk. I said, 'I know you guys are sick of this subject and I know you want a clean game.' The players understand that we have a statutory, a legal obligation to represent any player who is subject to discipline or accused of wrongdoing, but the players also understand that we also have a legal obligation to the joint drug program.
"There's no mistake as to where the sentiment of the players are. Mark is right, they are sick of this issue. They would much rather focus on all the positives that the game of baseball is producing. If there is something going on, whether it's in Miami or otherwise, they want us to get to the bottom of it."
Teixeira said that the most important advance would be to have science continue moving forward so players are not tempted to think they can escape punishment. Teixeira said that, as a baseball fan, he believes the testing policies already in place have been working.
"I've been a 30/100 [homers, RBIs] guy my entire career," Teixeira said. "There were times early in my career guys were hitting 60 [homers] and 140 [RBIs], and you go, 'Goodness, there's nothing I can do.' I can't take that many swings. I can never hit 60 home runs. I think those days are over, and that's good.
"Guys aren't hitting 60 or 70 home runs anymore. In that case, people can look at it and say, 'OK, we're back to a more normal time period.' That's not to say there aren't people still trying to cheat, but the days of guys being twice the size they should be and hitting 60 homers a year, I think those days are over."