NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball responded Thursday to critical comments made by Boston star Curt Schilling, calling them, "misinformed and discouraging."
In contrast to their normal practice, MLB officials Rob Manfred and Bob Dupuy issued their response during a Thursday conference call.
The debate stems from the ongoing steroids controversy, which already has resulted in indictments and a congressional hearing.
It moved to finger-pointing Wednesday, when Curt Schilling criticized baseball owners at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla. He said he does not trust them to handle drug testing.
Manfred, MLB's executive vice president of labor and human resources, said Schilling's comments, "were just so completey misinformed and quite frankly discouraging."
"Curt suggested that there was a problem in terms of his ability to trust Major League Baseball's joint drug program," Manfred said. "This distrust is placed on ignorance of the facts."