Mitchell, Major League Baseball Big Wigs Called To Testify On Hill

Henry Waxman didn't take long to jump into the fray over Major League Baseball's steroid scandal.

Waxman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has called baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, players union leader Donald Fehr and former Sen. George Mitchell _ who wrote the bombshell report on steroid use _ to testify on Dec. 18.

"This is a sad day for Major League Baseball but a good day for integrity in sports," Waxman said in a Thursday afternoon statement. "It’s an important step towards the goal of eliminating the use of performance enhancing substances."

Waxman made a name for himself in the 1990s by taking on big tobacco companies in nationally televised hearings, so he's used to taking on the big scandals of our time. The Crypt expects a media circus on Capitol Hill as Mitchell, Selig and Fehr talk about all the big names in the Mitchell report, which was released today.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), when asked to comment on the steroid report, offered the classic lament of fans of America's pastime.

"Say it ain't so, Joe," Durbin said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also weighed in.

"Each player who used an illegal, performance-enhancing substance bears personal responsibility for his actions, but the scope of cheating within baseball could not have grown and continued without the complicity or the willful ignorance of everyone involved," Pelosi said in a statement. 

The full list of players implicated can be found here, and it includes some of the biggest names in baseball, including Yankees greats Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte.