SCORECARD, SEPT. 4, 2006
investigation into baseball's steroid problem has dragged on for nearly a year,
and last week the former senator offered a clue as to why his progress has been
slower than expected: He's not getting much help. Mitchell told owners that
many clubs have impeded his investigators by refusing to turn over documents.
He also warned that if teams didn't cooperate, they might find the government
knocking on their doors. "Unlike the Congress ... I cannot compel
cooperation," Mitchell said. "I believe that a report that is not
credible and thorough will significantly increase the possibility of action by
citing privacy issues, have been reluctant to turn over players' medical
records. The players' union hasn't helped matters; it has told its members to
consult its lawyers if contacted by Mitchell. Union lawyers could be busy.
Mitchell said that he'll soon begin interviewing active players—such as,
perhaps, Mets pitcher Guillermo Mota (above), who in November received a
50-game steroid ban.
Selig scolded owners for not aiding the probe. But Selig wouldn't specify a
deadline for the completion of Mitchell's report. "I've always believed
it's better to get things done right than to get them done fast," he said.
But unless Mitchell gets assistance, neither will happen.