Bush: Address... Serious Problem

Bush urges baseball to "address ... serious problem" of steroids

President Bush is joining the chorus of those who want Major League Baseball to crack down on steroid use.

Press Secretary Scott McClellan says the president is calling on baseball players and owners to "address this serious problem." His remarks come one day after players authorized their lawyers to hammer out a new agreement with owners on tougher testing. Baseball has been reeling from published reports about grand jury testimony involving sluggers Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and others.

McClellan notes Bush included a call for new sports anti-doping measures in his State of the Union address. He also noted "positive signs" that baseball is getting the message.

However, the spokesman denied reports that Bush has assigned Roland Betts, his former partner when he owned the Texas Rangers, to act as his personal envoy to the baseball talks.