Thursday, March 10, 2005

Yes, I am Talking About Steroids Again

I can bet that most people are tired of reading about the steroids issue in baseball. And I really wish it didn’t keep coming up, but it continues to get more and more ridiculous. Now, the House Government Reform Committee asked, and then subpoenaed, seven current and former Major League Baseball players to testify before it. I don’t understand why steroids would be an issue that Congress needs to investigate, especially since baseball has recently instituted a new steroid policy. Congress isn’t pretending that the investigation will look into whether the new policy is strict enough to really eliminate steroids from baseball. According to comments from Democrat committee staff, they feel it is important if a little kid knows whether Sammy Sosa used performance-enhancing drugs. But as far as I know, integrity of baseball’s past is not the responsibility of Congress. If it is, then Congress should investigate Don Sutton and Gaylord Perry for their alleged illegal use of spitballs during their Hall of Fame careers. Congress has never deemed itself responsible for the integrity of baseball’s records, and it shouldn’t start now.

As a side note, the committee has not subpoenaed Barry Bonds because they were afraid he would be the sole focus of the committee. That is complete nonsense. With huge names like Giambi, McGwire and Sosa testifying, there is plenty of star power there to divert attention away from Bonds. Furthermore, that should not be the concern of the committee. If they are really interested in investigating steroid use in baseball during the 1990s, they should subpoena everyone who might help them understand the situation. It is also interesting to note that the investigation is only aimed at baseball, when recent steroid allegations have also involved Olympic athletes and National Football League players.

The House Government Reform Committee is seriously overstepping its authority, and hopefully, they can be reined back in.