Commissioner Peter Ueberroth said Monday that baseball is free of drugs, then quickly hedged on that contention.
"Drugs are over in baseball," Ueberroth said before the start of the season opener between the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians. "It's flat over. It's done . . . because the players want it done."
But as his brief news conference continued, the commissioner backed off a little.
"We're going to have a season that's virtually drug-free," Ueberroth said a short time later. "We'll be the first sport that can say that."
Still later, he said: "Maybe there will be a little incident one place or another . . . but I don't think there'll even be that.