December 13, 2007

The Mitchell Report...

This is what it has to say about a few of the Twins players mentioned in the report:

Rondell White
Rondell White is an outfielder who has played for seven teams in Major League Baseball from 1993 to the present, the Montreal Expos (8 seasons), Chicago Cubs (parts of 2 seasons), New York Yankees (1 season), Kansas City Royals (part of 1 season), San Diego Padres (part of 1 season), Detroit Tigers (2 seasons), and Minnesota Twins (2 seasons). According to Radomski, White started buying performance enhancing substances from him in 2000. White bought both human growth hormone and Deca-Durabolin. In our first interview, before he had access to all the checks his banks were able to supply, Radomski estimated he had engaged in "six to ten" transactions with White, some paid for with cash, others paid by check. Subsequently, Radomski was able to produce seven checks that he deposited drawn on White's checking account. All are included in the Appendix. One is shown below. Federal agents also seized from Radomski's home a copy of a FedEx US Airbill reflecting a delivery to "R. White" on a date in 2005 that is otherwise illegible. White's name, with an address and several telephone numbers, is listed in the address book seized by federal agents from Radomski's residence. Radomski noted that White often overpaid Radomski for the performance enhancing substances. Radomski either mailed the performance enhancing substances to White or delivered them to him in 2002 when White lived in New York.

Chuck Knoblauch
Chuck Knoblauch played as an infielder for three teams in Major League Baseball from 1991 to 2002, the Minnesota Twins (7 seasons), New York Yankees (4 seasons), and Kansas City Royals (1 season). he was the 1991 American League Rookie of the Year and played on four All-Star teams. Knoblauch played with the Yankees during 2000 and 2001, the two years when McNamee served as the Yankees' assistant strength coach. McNamee provided personal training services to Knoblauch. McNamee said that he acquired human growth hormone from Radomski for Knoblauch in 2001. Beginning during spring training and continuing through the early portion of the season, McNamee injected Knoblauch at least seven to nine times with human growth hormone. Knoblauch payed Radomski through Jason Grimsley and, once or twice, through McNamee. (Radomski produced two checks from Grimsley in 2001 that totaled $5,550.) According to Radomski, McNamee suggested to him that McNamee was obtaining human growth hormone on Knoblauch's behalf. According to McNamee, on occasion Knoblauch also produced his own supply of human growth hormone. McNamee believed that Knoblauch's other source was Jason Grimsley. In order to provide Knoblauch with information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me; he did not respond to my request.

Denny Neagle
Denny Neagle pitched for six teams in Major League Baseball between 1991 and 2003, the Minesota Twins (1 season), Pittsburgh Pirates (5 seasons), Atlanta Braves (3 seasons), Cincinnati Reds (2 seasons), New York Yankees (part of 1 season), and Colorado Rockies (3 seasons). He has played on two All-Star teams. Radomski said he met Neagle at a club in New York City in 2000 when Neagle played for the Yankees. After they met, Neagle called Radomski "looking for HGH." Neagle seemed familiar with human growth hormone. Radomski said that from 2000 to 2004 he engaged in five or six transactions with Neagle involving human growth hormone and anoabolic steroids. Neagle always paid by check. At one point, Neagle had another major league player send a check to Radomski because that player owed Neagle money. Radomski stated that he never sold human growth hormone or steroids to the other player. In addition to the other player's check, Radomski produced copies of eight checks from or on behalf of Neagle. All are included in the Appendix. One is shown below. Radomski also produced a a check from Dan Mcginn, Baseball Account, Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver, Colorado 80205, in the amount of $1,600. The memo line on the check says "Neagle." At the time, McGinn was a clubhouse attendant with the Colorado Rockies. Radomski said that the check was in payment fro performance enhancing substances purchased from him by Neagle. McGinn is no longer employed by the Rockies and did not respond to our requests for an interview. Neagle's name, wih the address "Col. Rockies Clubhouse" and several telephone numbers, is listed in the address book that was seized from Radomski's home by federal agents. In order to provide Neagle with information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me. He did not respond to my request.

Daniel Naulty
Daniel Naulty pitched for two teams in Major League Baseball from 1996 to 1999, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees. We contracted Naulty as part of our effort to interview former players. During his telephone interivew, Naulty admitted to using steroids, on and off, for seven years, and human growth hormone for one year. Naulty used performance enhancing substances while playing in both Major League Baseball and in the minor leagues. Naulty started using steroids as a minor league player, before the 1993 season, because he needed to put on weight. Naulty learned about steroids from other players. After starting his steroid regimen Naulty reported to spring trainging for the 1993 season approximately 20 pounds heavier and throwing five miles per hour harder than he did the year before. Naulty said that he went "from an A-ball pitcher to a major league prospect in a matter of two years." Naulty purchased steroids and human growth hormone through illegal dealers. Nautly was aware of a least four gyms in Orange Country, California, where he could obtain steroids. Nautly believes that his use of steroids made him injury prone. He suffered a number of injuries, including a torn triceps muscle, a torn groin muscle and numbness in an arm from the loss of circulation, that he attributes to his use of steroids. Naulty said that he had stopped using steroids by the time he played for the Yankees in 1999. Naulty lost muscle mass and arm strength once he stopped using steoids. Naulty repeatedly expressed remorse for using steroids during the course of his intrview. He told us that "if I could give back a little bit of something good then I would like to."

Chad Allen
Chad Allen is an outfielder who played with four teams in Major League Baseball between 1999 and 2005, the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, and Texas Rangers. Since then, he has played in Japan. Radomski said that Chris Donnels referred Allen to him. Radomski believed he made between three and five sales to Allen involving Winstrol, testosterone, and Deca-Durabolin. According to Radomski, Allen could not afford human growth hormone. Allen met with my investigators after his return from Japan, where he played baseball this past season. Allen has been cooperating with federal authorities in connnection with their investigations of illegal distribution of performance enhancing substances. As part of his cooperation and at the request of federal law enforcement authorities, Allen agreed to be interviewed by members of my investigative staff. Federal law enforcement agenst were present at his interview with us and advised him that any false statements made in their presence during the interview could be considered a violation of federal law. Allen admitted to have purchased anabolic steroids from Radomski but he said he did so only during the 2003 off-season. In 2001, Allen tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing for the Minnesota Twins. After the injury and subsequent knee surgery, Allen's right leg was weakened and atrophied. In the summer of 2003, Allen discussed this problem with Chris Donnels, who was a teammate at Albuquerque. Donnels described the benefits of using Winstrol and mentioned Kirk Radomski. Allen called Radomski at a phone number provided by Donnels. When Allen called Radomski and described his knee problem, Radomski told him that Winstrol was the best drug for him to take because it would strengthen joints and build up muscles and ligaments in his leg. Allen recalled obtaining the Winstrol in October after the season was over; he was adamant that he never took steroids during the season. According to Allen, the 2003 off-season was the only occasion when he used steroids. Allen explained that he did not want his teammates to know that he used steroids, and he did not want to us anything during the season because he "did not want to be on a different playing field from his teammates." He also was concerned about testing positive. Radomski mailed a on or two-month supply of Winstrol to Allen at his home in Texas. Allen paid Radomski approximately $400 by check. Allen confirmed that the address and phone number for him in Radomski's address book were correct. Radomski warned him to stop using the steroids by January 15 to avoid testing positive, and Allen recalled stopping his use well before that date. Allen said that the Winstrol, together with diligent exercise, had a noticable effect on him. However, the effects of the Winstrol did not last long. He began to see a sbt decline in his leg strength about two months after he stopped using it. Radomski produced one check from Allen payable to "Kirk Radinski" in the amount of $140, dated February 1, 2004. A copy is included in the Appendix and is shown below. Radomski said that this check was payment for ten vials of steroids. According to Allen, the $140 check was not for steroids but instead was for an anti-estrogen to counteract some of the negative side effects he expereinced from using Winstrol. Allen said he experienced a surge in female hormones that resulted in the development of cysts in his chest. Radomski sent him a drug called Femara to counteract that effect.

I skimmed through the report, and I dug up these names. (I admit, that I did probably forget a few). Let me know if there's anyone not on the list.

Rondell White Jay Gibbons Chuck Knoblauch Ricky Stone
Miguel Tejada Adam Piatt Andy Pettitte Darren Holmes
Nook Logan Kent Mercker Roger Clemens Troy Glaus
Mark McGwire Kevin Brown Matt Franco Paul Byrd
Brendan Donelly Fernando Vina Hal Morris Jose Canseco
Jim Parque Mike Stanton Mark Carreon Larry Bigbie
Jack Cust Jason Christansen Tim Laker Steve Woodward
Brian Roberts Bart Miadich Todd Hundley Rick Ankiel
Lenny Dykstra Adam Riggs Josias Manzanillo Matt Williams
Barry Bonds Stephen Randolph Howie Clark Manny Alexander
Marvin Benard Gary Bennett Jr. Chad Allen Rafael Palmeiro
Armando Rios Daniel Naulty Cody McKay Ismael Valdez
David Bell Ken Camineti Mike Lansing John Rocker
Ryan Franklin Matt Herges David Segui Scott Schoeneweis
Ron Villone Gary Mathews Jr. Chris Donnels Juan Gonzalez
Denny Neagle Eric Gagne Kevin Young Jason Grimlsey
Mo Vaughn Mike Judd Todd Pratt Gary Sheffield
Glenallen Hill Benito Santiago Phil Hiatt Paul Lo Duca
F.P. Santangelo Jeremy Giambi Todd Williams Jerry Hairston
David Justice Jason Giambi Jose Guillen Randy Velarde
Greg Zaun Bobby Estalella Mike Bell

What are your thoughts on all of this?