Friday, December 14, 2007

Mitchell Report for Dummies

If you want to read the whole entire Mitchell report, you can download it on ESPN.com. It's 409 Adobe pages. Double spaced. Mitchell report.

This link is a very comprehensive analysis of the investigation by Howard Bryant. It will take about 20 minutes to read, but very worth it. Howard Bryant article.

This is a breakdown of some of the key listed, who they are and what the report says about them. Thumbnails of key players.


This is a list of all the players named. All the players named.


It is hard to open any web page today and not see an op-ed piece by some columnist taking shots at the report or the people around it. So I will do my best to avoid that. The report is more than just the name-listing that is making the headlines. It outlines MLB's previous drug policies and events that occured concerning MLB and all drugs, not just steroids. It lays out a timeline of steroid related incidents that led ultimately to this report.
It also gives recommendations as to how to go about fixing the problem and implement a stronger drug testing system.

The juice, pun intended, of the story comes from two former Team employees. Both "testified" with law enforcement present because both are believed to be facing charges stemming from their activities. Not exactly the forthcoming volunteers Mitchell and his crew were probably hoping for.

Op-ed (couldn't help it): We will no doubt read headlines of denials. Similar to the ones we heard from Pete Rose and Marion Jones (and CJ Hunter) . And to a lesser extent, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi and Michale Vick. You really can't believe anything anymore, unless it comes from The Loop and The Lou. We have fact checkers workinng around the clock.

6 comments:

Austin said...

Thanks Tim. I noticed that you were not named in the report. Once Barry's head size surpassed yours, I guess you were off the hook. Lots of interesting reading surrounding this report. I'll bet a lot of the players regret not answering any questions.

I am a little surprised they included the HGH story in with the steroids story. From what I have heard and read, HGH was not against baseball rules when most of these players are accused of taking it. So, as long as it was used with a legal prescription from a physician, there was technically nothing wrong with it. While there is a strong argument that the players "should have known it was wrong" and should have chosen not to use it, HGH was still not banned. The report, unfortunately, doesn't make the Cards any better this year.

Coovo said...

Your point is valid Austin. I think it is very similar to when the reporter noticed Andro in McGwire's locker. While illegal in other sports, it was not on baseball's "drug policy" list. I'd be interested to see the status of HGH in other sports during the period in question 2002-2005.

One thing you glean from the report is how even back in 1985-86, Uberoth was trying to get some sort of drug testing going and the Players association kept rejecting it.

Roller said...

I kept thinking I would read that dude's long (but I'm sure good) article on the report, but I never did. I'm a bad co-blogger. Sorry Coovo.

So after Clemens' 60 minutes interview, do you think he did it? To me, there's too many people on both sides with reasons to lie, and not enough proof. It's just a damn shame.

Roller said...

p.s. But, yes, deep down I believe Clemens did it. Don't know for how long, but I think he's guilty.

Austin said...

There are several thing that became evident during the sixty minutes interview
1. Clemens isn't the bad guy, Merck is the real bad guy.
2. Clemens is dumb/is getting poor counsel/some combination of the two.
3. Clemens is a liar. Lidocaine shots in his butt? Unless you are draining an abscess, it is as useful as rubbing aspirin on your hair.

Billy said...

Most ballplayers today are taking homeopathic growth hormone oral spray because it's safe, undetectable, and legal for over the counter sales. As time goes on it seems it might be considered as benign a performance enhancer as coffee, aspirin, red bull, chewing tobacco, and bubble gum.