- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2007

eorge Mitchell is the I-knew-that guy.

Everyone knows that guy.

When someone makes a pithy observation, he says: “What he said.”

When news or gossip is revealed, he says: “I knew that.”

When all the facts are revealed and the jury is in, that guy is a genius.

He knew it all along.

Mitchell, the former Senate majority leader who now heads Major League Baseball’s steroid investigation, must be a soothsayer.

In April, former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski pleaded guilty to distributing performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of players from 1995 to 2005 after federal agents raided his home in December.

Mitchell requested a meeting with Radomski, who offered his full cooperation.

In May, Jason Giambi told USA Today, “I was wrong for doing that stuff.”

Mitchell asked for and eventually received a meeting with Giambi.

On Sept. 7, SI.com reported Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus received multiple shipments of nandrolone and testosterone between 2003 and May 2004, and the New York Daily News reported Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel received eight shipments of human growth hormone from January to December 2004.

The same day, Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive vice president of labor relations, said: “We’re going to look into both sets of allegations.”

Two days later, SI.com reported Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons received six shipments of human growth hormone, two shipments of testosterone and two shipments of human chorionic gonadotropin from October 2003 to July 2005.

The next day, “baseball officials” requested a meeting with Gibbons.

Mitchell and Major League Baseball knew everything — after the fact.

Mitchell is the cop who tails the private investigator who actually solves the case.

He isn’t conducting a steroid investigation.

He is reading the newspaper.

The federal government, USA Today, SI.com and the New York Daily News are doing the heavy lifting.

Mitchell and his team are playing catch-up.

It all makes sense. Commissioner Bud Selig announced the investigation after “Game of Shadows” — a book about how Barry Bonds and other athletes obtained and used steroids by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters — was released.

The people at Major League Baseball are voracious readers. They just can’t think for themselves.

This investigation is another bad idea brought to you by Selig.

It’s about catching players who used performance-enhancing drugs during the past 20 years.

It should be about the next 20 years.

Instead, it’s just a poorly run witch hunt.

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