Congress misses the point about MLB's real drug issue
If your idea of great theater is Clay Aiken in "Spamalot," you loved Wednesday's steroid hearing on Capitol Hill. It had memorable song-and-dance numbers galore, including the show-stopper by Rep. Dan Burton, R.-Ind., who almost seemed to be on the juice himself when he went after Brian McNamee for testifying that he supplied Roger Clemens with 'roids.But with pitchers and catchers reporting this week, there's one number I'm keeping my eye on: 60. That's the maximum number of random out-of-season tests that can be conducted on MLB's players, according to the collective bargaining agreement. As long as the number stays at 60 -- or 5 percent of the total MLB roster -- we'll still be stuck at zero. With spring training on the horizon, this would seem to be a perfect time for Congress to talk about what players have been doing in the offseason. But on Wednesday, when the klieg lights were on, we didn't get a shred of conversation about the biggest loophole in MLB's drug testing policy -- one that virtually assures any player who wants to dope that he can do so anywhere in the world in the offseason. Instead, we got a sideshow about a party at Jose Canseco's house.
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