Tony La Russa, on the weekend he entered Baseball's Hall of Fame, told the New York Daily News that he voiced "suspicions" about possible steroid use by players when he was the A's manager.
But La Russa was met with indifference by A's upper management, namely then-general manager Sandy Alderson.
"I knew our programs in Oakland were 100 percent clean," La Russa told the Daily News in a story published Saturday. "But we had our suspicions -- guys hitting stronger but not working out. I went to Sandy and ownership about this. And they told me flat off, 'Right of privacy. It's a collective bargaining issue.' "
Alderson, now the New York Mets general manager, told the Daily News, "I'm not going to comment on that until at least Monday."