Commissioner's Statement regarding Dr. Lewis Yocum

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement this afternoon regarding the passing of Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Team Orthopedist of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:

"Dr. Lewis Yocum was a giant in the field of sports medicine. He was an invaluable resource to not only the Angels franchise but players throughout all of Major League Baseball, team physicians and the members of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society. All of our Clubs relied upon Dr. Yocum's trusted opinion and judgment. Throughout the last 36 years, the lives and careers of countless players benefited from his pioneering expertise, and he made our game on the field better as a result. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife Beth, their children, their friends and his many admirers."