The Mitchell Report: who juiced?
Now that the hot stove has cooled, it’s time for Major League Baseball’s steroid bombshell to drop: the Mitchel Report was released today (PDF). The four-hundred-page report implicates several top players, including Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi, David Justice, Chuck Knoblauch (sensing a trend here?), Barry Bonds (obviously), Mark McGuire (ditto), Gary Sheffield, Paul Lo Duca, Eric Gagne (sorry, Brewers), Miguel Tejada, Lenny Dykstra, and Jose Canseco (who admitted to juicing in his most recent book, titled–wait for it… Juiced). Click here for the New York Times summary. About Rocket:
In the report, McNamee said he had personally injected Clemens four or five times since August 2001. Clemens had previously been suspected of steroid usage, but denied it. The report was the first confirmation that McNamee provided testimony to Mitchell.
Clemens had two of the best years in pitching history in 1997 and 1998, winning the Cy Young Award in both seasons and also led the league in wins, earned run average and strikeouts. He then went on to pitch for the Yankees from 1999 through 2003.
After Clemens declined to 14-10 with a 4.60 ERA in 1999, New York hired McNamee as assistant strength coach. During one stretch after that, Clemens won 27 games against three losses for the Yankees.
Clemens, who retired last season, has been considered one of the best pitchers in baseball history. Information and evidence from McNamee could raise questions about whether Clemens should be elected to the Hall of Fame.
You think? But it isn’t just players who come off poorly in the report.
Mitchell’s report was highly critical of the commissioner’s office and the players’ union for tolerating performance-enhancing drugs in major league baseball.
Mitchell has been battling the union during his 20-month investigation, but his criticism of Commissioner Bud Selig, who hired Mitchell and is paying for his investigation, was more unexpected and supported Mitchell’s claim that baseball officials did not interfere with his investigation.
“Everybody in baseball — commissioners, club officials, the players’ association, players — shares responsbility,” Mitchell said. “I can’t be any clearer than that.”