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Rafael Palmeiro’s steroids and congressional testimony schedule in 2005

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On November 18, 2005, the Congressional Committee on Government Reform closed an investigation into whether the testimony of Rafael Palmero eight months earlier should have been referred to the Department of Justice for indictment of perjury. The committee decided not to refer. But in doing so, I unpacked one of the biggest steroid status information dumps in baseball.

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The final report included details from Palmeiro’s arbitration hearing, polygraphs, drug tests, interviews and correspondence with Palmeiro, his wife, players, team officials, and drug experts. Palmeiro believes the source of the stanozolol in his body was a B-12-contaminated bullet, though he admits he can’t prove it. Here is the timeline of events for 2005, according to the government document.

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