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Selig says not disciplining Giambi was 'appropriate decision'

Updated: August 16, 2007, 3:20 PM ET

TORONTO -- Jason Giambi escaped punishment from commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday because of the Yankee slugger's charitable work and cooperation with baseball's steroids investigator.

Jason Giambi's public-service work made a favorable impression upon Bud Selig, who chose not to punish the Yankee slugger.

Selig, speaking on the second and final day of an owners meeting, called this an "appropriate decision."

Giambi has acknowledged a "personal history regarding steroids." He agreed to speak with former Sen. George Mitchell last month after Selig threatened to discipline him if he refused to cooperate.

"He's doing a lot of public-service work, and I think that's terribly important," Selig said. "I think it's more important for us to keep getting the message out. He was, I thought, very frank and candid with Sen. Mitchell, at least that was the senator's conclusion. Given everything, this is an appropriate decision."

Selig said June 21, before Giambi met Mitchell, that he would take "Giambi's level of cooperation into account in determining appropriate further action."

"I am pleased with commissioner Selig's decision to forego any punishment for Jason," said Giambi's agent, Arn Tellem.

Selig said Mitchell was not expected to speak with any other active players.

"This was a special circumstance," Selig said. "I have no other plans."

No date has been announced for the release of Mitchell's report.

In an interview with USA Today on May 18, Giambi all but admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs.

"I was wrong for doing that stuff," Giambi said. "What we should have done a long time ago was stand up -- players, ownership, everybody -- and said: 'We made a mistake.' Steroids and all of that was a part of history."

Giambi met Mitchell in New York on July 13, becoming the first active player known to talk with baseball's steroids investigator.

Mitchell and members of his law firm met with Giambi. Tellem and lawyer Brian O'Neill were present, along with Rob Manfred, executive vice president for labor relations in the commissioner's office, and players' union general counsel Michael Weiner also were in attendance.

Giambi, a former American League MVP, missed more than two months this season because of torn tissue in his left foot. He's batting .270 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 51 games.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2977294

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