Officials from Major League Baseball were granted a request to postpone the congressional hearings scheduled for Tuesday to discuss former senator George Mitchell's steroid report. The hearings now are set for Jan. 15 with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the committee, and minority leader Tom Davis (R-Va.) called for commissioner Bud Selig, MLB players association executive director Donald Fehr and Mitchell to testify Dec. 18 on Capitol Hill.
On Thursday, hours after Mitchell released his report that spread blame for baseball's steroid problem among owners, players and the union, Waxman called for hearings. He and Davis were at the center of baseball's infamous March 17, 2005, hearings, where Mark McGwire tearfully declined to talk about alleged steroid use and Rafael Palmeiro wagged his finger at the dais saying he had never used steroids, only to test positive months later.
MLB asked for the delay to give itself ample time to prepare for the hearings and allow Selig to attend a luncheon Tuesday in Cleveland, where he'll hand out the first Allan H. (Bud) Selig Mentoring Award to Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
"The plans (Dec. 18) are hard to change," MLB spokesman Rich Levin said.