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Selected Quotes from Today's Early Panels

From the Associated Press

Remarks from lawmakers and witnesses at Thursday's House hearing on steroids in baseball :

"We're not interested in embarrassing anyone, or ruining careers, or grandstanding. This is not a witch hunt. ... Today's hearing will not be the end of our inquiry. Far from it. Nor will Major League Baseball be our sole or even primary focus. We're in the first inning of what could be an extra inning ball game." - House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va.

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"Over the past century, baseball has been part of our social fabric. It helped restore normalcy after war, provided the playing field where black athletes like Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, and inspired civic pride in communities across the country. Now America is asking baseball for integrity. An unequivocal statement against cheating. An unimpeachable policy. And a reason for all of us to have faith in the sport again." - Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

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"Major League Baseball has always recognized the influence that our stars can have on the youth of America. As such, we are concerned that recent revelations and allegations of steroid use have been sending a terrible message to young people." - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

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"Playing major league baseball requires talent, drive, intelligence, determination and grit. Steroids have no place in the equation." - Donald Fehr, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

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"Baseball's policy needs to be one of zero tolerance and it needs to have teeth." - Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

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"Go ask Henry Aaron, go ask the family of Roger Maris, go ask all of the people who played without enhanced drugs if they would like their records compared with the current records." - Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., a former pitcher elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

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"Players that are guilty of taking steroids are not only cheaters, you are cowards. You're afraid to step on the field to compete for your positions and play the game without the aid of substances that are a felony to posses without a legitimate prescription, substances that have been banned from competition at all levels of athletics. You are cowards when it comes to facing your fans and our children. ... Show our kids that you're man enough to face authority, tell the truth and face the consequences. Instead, you hide behind the skirts of your union, and with the help of management and your lawyers you've made every effort to resist facing the public today." - Donald Hooton of Plano, Texas, father of a high school baseball player who committed suicide in 2003 after steroid use.

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"There's no doubt in our minds that steroids killed our son. Ultimately we do blame Rob for his use. ... However, with his sports heroes as examples, and Major League Baseball's blind eye, Rob's decision was a product of erroneous information and promises." - Denise Garibaldi of Petaluma, Calif., mother of a University of Southern California baseball player who used steroids and committed suicide in 2002.

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