WASHINGTON (AP) -Congress began its public examination of the Mitchell Report into baseball's steroids era by calling Tuesday for the Justice Department to look into whether former AL MVP Miguel Tejada lied to committee staffers when questioned in connection to the Rafael Palmeiro perjury case in 2005.
At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in the same room where Palmeiro, Mark McGwire and others testified three years ago, congressmen mixed criticism of baseball and its players with praise for commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr for progress in the sport's drug-testing program.
Lawmakers also cautioned that they want to hear about further changes that could be on the way, including recommendations in the report by former Senate majority leader George Mitchell.
``What it tells us is damning. The illegal use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs was pervasive for more than a decade, Major League Baseball was slow and ineffective in responding to the scandal, and the use of human growth hormone has been rising,'' said committee chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat.
``The Mitchell Report also makes it clear that everyone in baseball is responsible: the owners, the commissioner, the union and the players.''

Recent MLB Discussions

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Giants want Bumgarner to be stopper vs. A's Arguably no National League team has dominated June like the Giants. Unfortunately, their month of terror runs the risk of ending...
Thumbnail Orioles vs. Mariners Pick The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners open up a weekend series tonight when they meet at 10:10PM ET. Who will get the first...
Thumbnail Cards strive for split against Royals Kansas City’s Kendrys Morales cannot be stopped. On the flip side, the Cardinals find themselves halted every time a home game pops up.
Thumbnail Tigers vs. Rays Free Pick The Detroit Tigers hit the road to face the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 7:10PM ET. Will they be able to pick up a win?
Thumbnail Indians vs. Blue Jays Pick Can the Cleveland Indians push their win streak to 13 games when they face the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages