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All-Star Roster Shows Up on Mitchell Report
Bonds, Clemens, Pettitte, Tejada Linked to Steroids

Some of Major League Baseball’s greatest stars, including pitcher Roger Clemens and outfielder Barry Bonds, are linked to the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in a report released today by former Senate Majority leader George J. Mitchell.

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The report also names pitcher Andy Pettitte, outfielder Gary Sheffield, shortstop Miguel Tejada, who was traded Wednesday by the Baltimore Orioles to the Houston Astros, and dozens of other current and former players, many of them All-Stars.

“For more than a decade there has been widespread illegal use of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances by players in Major League Baseball, in violation of federal law and baseball policy,” the report says. “Club officials routinely have discussed the possibility of such substance use when evaluating players. 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. They include both pitchers and position players, and their backgrounds are as diverse as those of all major league players.”

Mitchell said during an afternoon news conference in New York that each major league team had at least one player linked to the use of performance enhancing drugs during the period that he investigated.

“The response by baseball was slow to develop and was initially ineffective, but it gained momentum after the adoption of a mandatory random drug testing program in 2002,” the report says. “That program has been effective in that detectable steroid use appears to have declined. But the use of human growth hormone has risen because, unlike steroids, it is not detectable through urine testing.”

Mitchell said that he and his investigators interviewed former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski four times and interviewed former trainer Brian McNamee three times. Players accused of use were given the chance to speak to Mitchell and his investigators but, almost without exception, declined, Mitchell said.

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Only one current major league player, Jason Giambi, was known to have cooperated with Mitchell’s investigation, and that came under threat of suspension by Selig.

Mitchell said his reports recommends that baseball implement investigations of the use of performance enhancing drugs by players based on non-testing evidence, improved educational programs; and a testing program by an independent entity.

He urged Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig to forego disciplining players for past use of performance enhancing drugs based on information in the report, unless Selig feels he must act in a particular case to protect the integrity of the game.

The report, which runs 311 pages plus 32 pages in the appendix section, had been highly anticipated and, in some circles within the sport, dreaded , for months.

The naming of Clemens, a seven time Cy Young Award winner who is one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game, was among the most startling revelations in the report. Clemens previously has denied allegations of steroid use.

The information about Clemens reportedly was provided to Mitchell by McNamee, a former trainer. The trainer reportedly also provided information about Pettitte and first baseman David Segui. McNamee is a former strength coach for the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, two of Clemens’s teams, and served as a personal trainer for Clemens and Pettitte.

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Randy Hendricks, one of Clemens’s agents, said in an Email to The Post that he would have a comment after the report was released.

Previous reports said that Mitchell’s findings would be based in large part on information supplied by Radomski and on information obtained from an investigation by the district attorney’s office in Albany, N.Y., into an internet drug distribution ring.

Mitchell’s findings come on the heels of Bonds being indicted on charges of lying to a federal grand jury about steroid use to cap a year in which the San Francisco Giants outfielder broke the sport’s hallowed career home runs record. Bonds pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week.

Last week, the Kansas City Royals’ Jose Guillen and the Baltimore Orioles’ Jay Gibbons were suspended for the first 15 days of next season after reportedly obtaining human growth hormone in 2005.

Mitchell’s investigation lasted 20 months after he was hired by Selig in early 2006. Mitchell is a member of the board of directors of the Boston Red Sox.
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Thank you he Washinton Post and Mark Maske Washington Post Staff Writer
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Pharmaceuticals KILL!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

~ by thebabyboomerqueen on December 14, 2007.

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