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Congressional Hearing on Steroids in Baseball Just Got Interesting

By Rob Trahan(12,495) Rob Trahan

Posted Wednesday, January 09, 2008
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Ladies and gentlemen, bar your doors and hide your children. The steroids issue in baseball just got a lot hairier. Congress is involved and this time they're in it for more than just grandstanding.

In March 2005, The congressional committee that interviewed Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and others did little actual investigating. They asked questions, sure. But none of them were probing, none of them were hard-hitting.

They had originally scheduled a similar meeting with Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Brian McNamee, Jason Giambi and others for this week. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (the committee conducting the interviews) announced today that they have postponed the meetings to February 13 and they will take sworn testimony from each person involved before the hearings.

This bipartisan move (both the Democratic chairman, Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California, and its ranking Republican member, Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, made the decision together) suggests that the committee is digging deeper even than the Mitchell report did. In addition to the depositions, the committee staff will be gathering other material.

The players can certainly have their lawyers with them during the depositions, but the union will not be involved (the same union that discouraged the players from cooperating with Mitchell and his team). All signs point to some very hard-hitting questions regarding information in the Mitchell report and more.

With the information gathered in the depositions and other information obtained before the public hearings, don't expect to see many comments like McGwire's from 2005. "I'm not here to talk about the past" just isn't going to cut it this time.

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