The first recipient: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig

"I'm extremely proud to present the first Taylor's Award to Commissioner Bud Selig, who has been the single largest supporter of the Foundation's efforts to educate young people about the dangers of appearance and performance-enhancing drugs," said Don Hooton, Taylor's father, who serves as President of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. "Without the support of the Commissioner and the Clubs throughout Major League Baseball, we would not be able to carry on with our vital work."

"Under Commissioner Selig's leadership, Major League Baseball has singularly dedicated more resources to supporting anti-steroid educational programs than any other entity in the United States, including those in the federal government. In conjunction with Baseball and its Clubs, we now provide educational programs to hundreds of thousands of kids in high school gyms and auditoriums all over the country and in all 30 Major League ballparks. The Commissioner's efforts have significantly strengthened baseball's anti-drug programs to ensure that our young people get the right message from the ballplayers they look up to."

"We at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration join the Hooton Foundation in commending Commissioner Selig for his leadership in mobilizing Major League Baseball to help educate our nation's young people about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "Strong private sector partners, such as the Hooton Foundation and professional baseball, are critical to achieving our number one priority at SAMHSA - promoting emotional health and preventing mental illness and substance abuse."

2 Responses to The first recipient: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig

  1. Mike says:

    This is the epitome of irony isn’t it? A foundation started to fight steroid abuse among children, partnering with the MLB and actually giving an award to Bud Selig? This has to be joke right?
    Bud Selig has let steroids and other PED’s ruin baseball, and has consistently looked the other way because he knows how much money these juiced up superstars bring in. Why would kids stop taking steroids when they see that Bud Selig allows players like Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Jhonny Peralta, Melky Cabrera, and many others STILL making millions of dollars in the MLB to this day after testing positive for various drugs including steroids?
    The simple answer is, they won’t. There are little to no repercussions to taking steroids in sports today, and in fact it has been proven time and time again that athletes can still make millions of dollars even after abusing steroids.
    While death’s like Taylors are tragic, there is little scientific evidence supporting that his depression and suicide are directly linked to steroid use. There is more evidence supporting that his use of anti-depressants may have had more of an effect on his mental well-being than the steroids themselves.
    This foundation seems to be partnering with the enemy itself when it comes to steroid use. Maybe the board of directors need to take a hard look at what they are trying to accomplish and how they plan to get there. I understand needing financial support, but at what cost?

  2. Rod says:

    Well said Mike! I had some of the same thoughts when reading this article. It’s ridiculous to give an award like this to Bud Selig.