Drug probe returns

Sources: O's Crowley, Bishop to be interviewed by investigators

July 18, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

Investigators from former Sen. George Mitchell's probe into performance-enhancing drugs in baseball will be back in town today to interview at least two more Orioles staff members, according to club sources.

Hitting coach Terry Crowley and strength and conditioning coach Tim Bishop are scheduled to meet with investigators today at the downtown law office of Orioles owner Peter Angelos. They will become the sixth and seventh members of the organization to be questioned.

Mitchell did not return a call seeking comment, but according to sources with knowledge of the investigation, the interviews are a continuation of those that took place June 21-22 and should not be seen as a sign that the Orioles are being targeted. According to sources, investigators wanted to interview Bishop and Crowley last month, but schedule conflicts prevented it.

Bishop and Crowley will be accompanied for the interviews by Orioles general counsel Russell Smouse.

When they were in Baltimore for two days last month, investigators spoke to Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo, executive vice president Mike Flanagan, vice president Jim Duquette, pitching coach Leo Mazzone and minor league director David Stockstill.

Mitchell's representatives are expected to question on- and off-field representatives for all 30 teams. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in Sunday's editions that investigators were scheduled to interview "more than a dozen Cardinals executives and employees" over three days this week.

Baseball officials have asked all those interviewed not to discuss the sessions.

"I cooperated. I answered the questions honestly," Perlozzo said after his interview. "This is one step in a long series of interviews. We're certainly not singled out. To my knowledge, it is everyone in baseball."

In a statement, Flanagan said: "The Orioles have been diligent in educating our players at both major league and minor league levels on not using steroids and other performance-enhancing substances. We will vigorously continue our efforts in this regard."

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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