Baseball commissioner Bud Selig stood by his decision to issue a 211-game suspension to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez calling it "eminently fair."

"I spent many many hours thinking about it" Selig told reporters Thursday at the owners' meetings in Cooperstown N.Y. "Trying to be fair trying to be logical and rational. And the one thing you learn in this job after 20-something years I wouldn't second-guess it today at all.

"I know why I did it and what I did. I thought it was eminently fair then and I think it's eminently fair today."

Rodriguez is appealing the suspension which he received Aug. 5 for violating baseball's drug policy because of his involvement in the Biogenesis case.