Alderson refutes La Russa allegation

NEW YORK -- Sandy Alderson denied recollection on Monday of any alleged conversation in which Tony La Russa shared suspicions of steroid use by players during their days with the Oakland Athletics.

“I spent a lot of time thinking about those kinds of circumstances over the years, particularly eight or nine years ago,” Alderson said Monday. “I have absolutely no recollection whatsoever or any such conversation.”

In Cooperstown over the weekend, La Russa told the Daily News: “I knew our programs in Oakland were 100 percent clean. 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.’”

Asked if he had his own suspicions at the time about steroid use by Athletics players, 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 here to respond to what Tony had to say and will leave it at that.”