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Clemens hit hard in Mitchell Report

Tejada, Bonds, Pettitte, Sheffield, Gagne also named

Posted: Thursday December 13, 2007 12:45PM; Updated: Friday December 14, 2007 12:24PM
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Roger Clemens works out with trainer Brian McNamee, who injected the Rocket with steroids, according to the Mitchell Report.
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Roger Clemens
Clemens began working with trainer Brian McNamee in 1998 when the latter joined the Toronto Blue Jays as their strength and conditioning coach. On page 169, it is reported that Clemens approached McNamee sometime around June of 1998 about using steroids after learning about them from Jose Canseco at Canseco's Miami home. The report goes on to say: "McNamee injected Clemens approximately four times in the buttocks over a several-week period with needles that Clemens provided ... McNamee never asked Clemens where he obtained the steroids."

  • Page 171: "During the latter part of the [2000] regular season, McNamee injected Clemens four to six times with human growth hormone he received from [Kirk] Radomski...McNamee believed it was probably his idea that Clemens try human growth hormone.

  • Page 172: "Clemens advised him in August 2001 that he was again ready to use steroids. Shortly thereafter, McNamee injected Clemens with Sustanon or Deca-Durabolin on four to five occasions ... McNamee was not retained by the Yankees after the 2001 season ... and McNamee has no knowledge about whether Clemens used performance enhancing substances after 2001."
  • The complete Clemens excerpt
  • Andy Pettitte
    On page 176, the report says that Pettitte called McNamee while the former was on the disabled list. McNamee traveled to Tampa on Pettitte's expense and "injected Pettitte with human growth hormone that McNamee obtained from [Radomski] on two to four occasions." Pettitte declined to meet with Mitchell.
  • The complete Pettitte excerpt
  • Miguel Tejada
    The 2002 AL MVP is discussed on pages 201-204. According to the report, Tejada asked teammate Adam Piatt is he had any steroids in 2003, while the two were still in Oakland. "Piatt admitted he had access to steroids and human growth hormone and agreed to obtain them for Tejada. Piatt recalled that he provided Tejada with testosterone and or Deca-Durabolin, as well as human growth hormone. Piatt emphasized that he did not know whether Tejada actually used the substances." A personal check from Tejada to Piatt for $3,100 is included in the report.
  • The complete Tejada excerpt
  • Mo Vaughn
    The 1995 AL MVP is discussed on pages 186 and 187. The report states that Glenallen Hill referred Vaughn to Kirk Radomski for human growth hormone during the 2001 season to help an ankle injury heal faster. "Radomski said that thereafter he sold human growth hormone to Vaughn ... Radomski produced three checks deposited into Radomski's accounts and drawn on Vaughn's checking accounts and drawn on Vaughn's checking account: two checks for $3,200 each and one check for $2,200." All four checks are shown in the report.
    Paul Lo Duca
    Lo Duca, who recently signed with the Washington Nationals, was referred to Radomski by former big league catcher Todd Hundley when Lo Duca was with the Dodgers. There are two samples of personal correspondence from Lo Duca to Radomski, including a hand-written note on Dodger Stadium stationary that says, "Thanks, call me if you need anything! Paul." Further, notes from an internal Dodgers discussion includes the following: "If you do trade him, will get back on [steroids] and try to show you he can have a good year. That's his makeup."
    Kevin Brown
    The six-time All-Star, who signed baseball's first nine figure contract before the 1999 season, is discussed on pages 214-217. He was put in touch with Radomski by Lo Duca. On page 215, the report states that in the summer of 2001, while Brown was dealing with injuries: "Radomski said that he sent human growth hormone to Brown by overnight mail ... Brown ... confirmed that he had received it ... According to Radomski, over the next two or three years he sold performance enhancing substances to Brown five or six times. Radomski recalled that Brown usually purchased multiple kits of human growth hormone."

    A 2003 Dodgers internal memo said about Brown: "Steroids suspected by GM." Brown was traded to the Yankees before the 2004 season.
    Eric Gagne
    The 2003 NL Cy Young winner just agreed to a new contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He is discussed on pages 217-219. Gagne came to Radomski's attention through Lo Duca. According to the report, "Radomski said that Lo Duca thereafter placed orders on Gagne's behalf. Gagne said that he mailed two shipments to Gagne, each consisting of two kits of human growth hormone. One was sent to Gagne's home in Florida, the other was sent to Dodger Stadium. According to an email sent by a Red Sox scout to Boston GM Theo Epstein in November 2006 in response to Epstein's query about Gagne's steroid use yielded this response, "Did some digging on Gagne and steroids IS the issue."
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    NEW YORK (AP) -- Page after page, Roger Clemens' name was all over the Mitchell Report.

    Count them, 82 times.

    Barry Bonds showed up more often. So did Jose Canseco. Andy Pettitte, Eric Gagne and Miguel Tejada also became part of baseball's most infamous lineup since the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

    But they didn't get the worst of it Thursday. That infamy belonged to Clemens, the greatest pitcher of his era.

    The Steroids Era.

    "Those who have illegally used these substances range from players whose major league careers were brief to potential members of the Baseball Hall of Fame," former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell wrote in his much-anticipated report on performance-enhancing drugs.

    "They include both pitchers and position players, and their backgrounds are as diverse as those of all major league players."

    Seven MVPs, two Cy Young Award winners and 31 All-Stars -- one for every position. In all, the 409-page report identified 85 names to differing degrees, putting question marks if not asterisks in the record book and threatening the integrity of the game itself.

    "If there are problems, I wanted them revealed," commissioner Bud Selig said. "His report is a call to action, and I will act."

    President Bush, who once owned the Texas Rangers, said Friday he's been "troubled by the steroid allegations."

    "My hope is that this report is a part of putting the steroid era of baseball behind us," said Bush, surrounded by Cabinet members in the Rose Garden.

    The Mitchell Report, he said, means "we can jump to this conclusion: that steroids have sullied the game."

    "The players and the owners must take the Mitchell Report seriously," Bush said. "I'm confident they will."

    Still, Mitchell urged baseball to put its past behind it.

    "You just have to at some point look to the future," he said Friday during an interview with The Associated Press.

    Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Troy Glaus, Gary Matthews Jr., Paul Byrd, Jose Guillen, Brian Roberts, Paul Lo Duca and Rick Ankiel were among other current players cited. Some were linked to human growth hormone, others to steroids. Mitchell did not delve into stimulants in his 20-month investigation.

    While he vehemently denied it through his lawyer, Clemens was the symbol.

    Considered a lock for the Hall of Fame earlier this week, Clemens' path to Cooperstown was thrown in doubt after he was singled out on nearly nine pages.

    Seven-time Cy Young Award winner, eighth on the career list with 354 victories, an MVP and All-Star himself, Clemens suddenly had more to worry about than simply whether to play next season.

    "It is very unfair to include Roger's name in this report," said Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin. "He is left with no meaningful way to combat what he strongly contends are totally false allegations. He has not been charged with anything, he will not be charged with anything and yet he is being tried in the court of public opinion with no recourse. That is totally wrong."

    Much of the information about Clemens came from former New York Yankees major league strength and conditioning coach Brian McNamee.

    According to the report, McNamee also told investigators that "during the middle of the 2000 season, Clemens made it clear that he was ready to use steroids again. During the latter part of the regular season, McNamee injected Clemens in the buttocks four to six times with testosterone from a bottle labeled either Sustanon 250 or Deca-Durabolin."

    The report was unlikely to trigger a wave of discipline. While a few players, such as Bonds, are subjects of ongoing legal proceedings, many of the instances cited by Mitchell were before drug testing began in 2003.

    Mitchell said punishment was inappropriate in all but the most egregious cases, and Selig said decisions on any action would come "swiftly" on a case-by-case basis.

    Mitchell said the problems didn't develop overnight and there was plenty of blame to go around.

    "Everyone involved in baseball over the past two decades -- commissioners, club officials, the players' association and players -- shares to some extent the responsibility for the Steroids Era," Mitchell said. "There was a collective failure to recognize the problem as it emerged and to deal with it early on."

    Mitchell recommended that the drug-testing program be made independent, that a list of the substances players test positive for be issued periodically and that the timing of testing be more unpredictable.

    "The illegal use of performance-enhancing substances poses a serious threat to the integrity of the game," the report said. "Widespread use by players of such substances unfairly disadvantages the honest athletes who refuse to use them and raises questions about the validity of baseball records."

    Canseco, whose book "Juiced" was cited throughout, was mentioned the most often -- 105 times. Bonds, already under indictment on charges of lying to a federal grand jury about steroids, was next at 103.

    A total of 20 Yankees, past and present, were identified. Players were linked to doping in various ways -- some were identified as users, some as buyers and some by media reports and other investigations.

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