House and Senate members reacted angrily on Wednesday to the first disclosure of details of the policy, which was subpoenaed last week by the House Government Reform Committee. The policy’s language shows that it does not require a 10-day suspension for a first offense – as baseball had promised – and that the owners and the union were actively laying plans to frustrate any government investigation into steroids.
From today’s Times story on the unfolding congressional investigation into steroids in baseball. Does YF think these revelations are not useful? Does he think that this vanity play by our elected officials is still a danger? Does he think that we should just trust MLB and the PA to get it right, to do the honest thing?
Baseball will surely defend itself with the juicy nugget that "the documents are unsigned, and baseball has said it is ‘still in draft form’", but that’s a weak excuse. The best thing that can come out of this is some more embarrassment for MLB and the players, as well as full disclosure to the public of the joke that is their steroid policy. For this, we should thank these hucksters in congress.
Edit/Clarification: I agree with almost everyone who has posted that Congress has far better things to do with their time. There’s corruption (DeLay), torture (Gonzales), port security lapses (Chertoff), you name it. But we also have to understand that there are always going to be sideshows. So, why not have a sideshow that might expose the absolutely pathetic stuff that baseball calls it’s steroid "policy"? If congress can’t deal with the serious issues pertaining to national security and our country’s world-standing (and with a Republican majority in both chambers we shouldn’t expect them to do anything like that), then they might as well spend their sideshow time embarrassing Bud Selig, Don Fehr, and the rest of those clowns, as far as I am concerned.