In non-Rocket related baseball steroid news, Congressional hearings will be taking place today with commissioner Bud Selig and union chief Don Fehr appearing under oath before a Congressional committee with absolutely nothing more important to do with its time.
Now, if the Congressional reps on the committee are actually interested in information gathering rather than speechifying – HAH! – then there is some actual information that can be obtained.
Like: Did baseball have a list of 104 players who tested positive for steroids use in 2003? Were these records seized by federal authorities in 2004? Did baseball officials notify the union that these records had been seized in 2004, and did baseball allow the union to notify these 104 players that they had tested positive for steroids? (The 2003 testing had been a so-called secret testing to get a percentage of steroid users in the sport, but names were not to be released and the players were not supposed to have known that they failed a test.) Did baseball allow the union to notify these 104 players that they were subject to federal warrants? And did baseball fail to submit these 104 players to further testing until the union had notified them all, and even then, did baseball notify these players of the dates when they would be tested?
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This information is buried under all of the good stuff in the Mitchell Report. And it’s just a little something Congress might follow up on. Because you see, Roger Clemens isn’t the only liar in that report. Bud Selig ain’t exactly the innocent bystander Richard Justice likes to make him out to be.
I’m not really expecting anything useful to come out of this hearing. And I’m really not expecting Bud Selig to go pointing his finger and say that George Mitchell is a liar and that he never ever never knew that anyone was doing steroids in baseball until Jose Canseco released his book. But just as Rafael Palmeiro lied that day before Congress back in 2005, so did Bud Selig. He just wasn’t as obvious.
Then again, what else can you expect from a used car salesman? -- John Royal