occurred 13 months before the federal raid of BALCO, which led to Anderson's
and three others' pleading guilty to drug-related charges. It stands as one of
the more egregious examples of how baseball officials let the steroid culture
grow under their noses. Management's refusal and reluctance to act may not have
been put in the report in boldface, italicized and cast as paragraph headings,
as were the names of players, but they are in there:
1. The four
individually named drug suppliers in the report were each employed by clubs
and/or given full access to their clubhouses: Kirk Radomski (New York Mets),
Brian McNamee (Blue Jays and Yankees), Luis Perez (Florida Marlins and Montreal
Expos) and Anderson (Giants).
2. Perez told an
MLB security official in 2003 that he supplied eight players with steroids and
12 players with other drugs. None of the players were ever interviewed.
3. There are four
instances in the report in which club officials, trainers and/or clubhouse
employees learned of syringes in the clubhouse. In each case no follow-up
action was taken.
4. In 2004 Orioles
officials learned that designated hitter David Segui was receiving HGH from a
Florida physician. They did not report their discovery to MLB.
Report makes clear that steroids have been routine topics of discussions among
players and team officials—so long as each group didn't discuss drugs with the
other. It includes notes about steroid concerns from Los Angeles Dodgers
officials about six-time All-Star righthander Kevin Brown and four-time
All-Star catcher Paul Lo Duca. In e-mail exchanges Texas Rangers officials
offered their suspicions about Tejada, the 2002 American League MVP, and Boston
Red Sox officials confided theirs about Gagné, the '03 National League Cy Young
Award winner whom they would acquire last July.
Notes from Dodgers
staff meetings in 2003, for instance, include this report on Brown, who, like
Lo Duca, refused to be interviewed by Mitchell: "[G]etting to the age 
of nagging injuries.... Question what kind of medication he takes....
Effectiveness goes down covering 1st base or running bases.... more susceptible
if you take meds to increase your muscles—doesn't increase the attachments. Is
he open to adjusting how he takes care of himself? He knows he now needs to do
stuff before coming to spring training to be ready. Steroids speculated by
Duca, staff notes from that same season reveal, "Got off the steroids....
Took away a lot of hard line drives.... would consider trading.... If you do
trade him, will get back on the stuff and try to show you he can have a good
year. That's his makeup."
The Dodgers traded
Brown to the Yankees after the 2003 season and dealt Lo Duca to the Marlins the
following July. In the month following the trade, Lo Duca wrote a check to Kirk
Radomski for $3,200.
On Dec. 14, 2005,
federal agents executed a search warrant on the Long Island home of Radomski
and charged him with distributing steroids and money laundering. Three months
later Selig commissioned the Mitchell Report. Mitchell, stonewalled by the
players, spent a year largely putting together a glorified term paper about
steroids. His luck changed on April 26, 2007, the day Radomski signed his plea
agreement with federal law officers. As part of the agreement, Radomski agreed
to cooperate with Mitchell in return for a recommendation for leniency in
sentencing. The Mitchell Report suddenly grew some teeth.