The Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball released today named several Colorado Rockies players as steroid users.
Current Rockies pitcher Matt Herges, current first-base coach Glenallen Hill, former infielder Mike Lansing, former outfielder Jack Cust, former pitcher Denny Neagle and ex-outfielder Larry Bigbie are among the names that the report links to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette announced she has called for hearings (no link, received by e-mail.)
“The Mitchell Report released today is deeply disturbing. Baseball is our national pastime and to learn of widespread past and ongoing drug abuse in major league baseball is a tremendous shame for America. Children around the world look up to professional baseball players as heroes and role models. This drug abuse needs to stop.”
“We have held hearings on this issue before in my committee, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This report shows more investigation is needed. As soon as Congress returns after the New Year, I intend to call for another hearing. Baseball officials need to explain to Congress and baseball fans how they plan to use the report to address the â€˜serious drug culture within baseball’ and how they are going restore the trust of Americans and children everywhere.”
Others beat her to it. Reps. Henry Waxman (CA) and Tom Davis (VA) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have set a hearing for next Thursday.