Sandy can't recall claim made by La Russa

Sandy can't recall claim made by La Russa

NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson did not recall a claim that former A's manager Tony La Russa approached him about steroid use in the Oakland clubhouse in the 1980s and '90s.

During Hall of Fame Induction weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., La Russa told the New York Daily News that he "had suspicions" about players in Oakland "hitting stronger but not working out."

"I went to Sandy and ownership about this," La Russa told the paper. "And they told me flat off, 'Right of privacy. It's a collective bargaining issue.'"

Alderson, who served 15 years as Oakland's GM and oversaw La Russa's entire 10-year managerial tenure there, said he could not recall having that conversation.

"I've spent a lot of time thinking about those kinds of circumstances over the years ... and I have absolutely no recollection whatsoever of any such conversation," Alderson said Monday. "If you go back and look at what I've said on the record, yes, I had my suspicions. Beyond that, I'm just going to respond to what Tony had to say and we'll leave it at that."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.