Baseball’s sign-stealing drama has moved through almost all the phases of modern scandal: bombshell story, sweeping investigation; suspensions, firings, uncomfortable press conferences; unhinged memes and hyper-focused internet analysis of minutiae found in old screenshots. Which has it ready for the next phase: Congress.
On Friday afternoon, Rep. Bobby Rush called for a Congressional oversight hearing on baseball’s response to the scandal. With a letter to Rep. Frank Pallone, chair of the Energy & Commerce Committee, and Reps. Diana DeGette and Jan Schakowsky, chairs of the subcommittees on oversight and investigations and consumer protection and commerce, respectively, Rush called it an “ethical and moral imperative” to investigate.
“Major League Baseball is a vital part of American culture and has to be protected,” Rush, a Democrat from Illinois, told Sports Illustrated on Tuesday. “Baseball cannot be compromised.”
Rush wants the committee to look into the scope of illegal sign stealing—to gauge the appropriateness of the league’s response and to see if it took sufficient action to block any of this from happening in the first…