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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mitchell Report Names Names -- and Not Pujols'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2007 at 1:29 PM

The full text of report former Senator George Mitchell released today is available for download here.

A list of current or former Cardinals whose names are mentioned:

Cody McKay Ryan Franklin Mark McGwire Jason Christiansen Fernando Vina Gary Bennett Rick Ankiel David Bell Larry Bigbie Kent Mercker

Former Cardinals assistant coach Dave McKay is quoted in the report as estimating that 30 percent of Major League Baseball players use steroids.

A "leaked" version that made the rounds earlier today turns out to have been bogus.

A quick scan of the report reveals that it names more than 50 major league players who allegedly took steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. In some cases, checks used for purchasing the drugs, which are signed by the players, are included as evidence.

The biggest revelation appears to be the section that details allegations against multiple Cy Young Award-winning pitcher (and seemingly surefire Hall of Famer) Roger Clemens.

Page 169 of the report details Clemens’ use of steroids, including how the pitcher learned from Jose Canseco how to “cycle” and “stack” the drugs, how he asked his source of steroids, Brian McKnamee (who later became a trainer for the New York Yankees) to inject him with Winstrol, a powerful anabolic steroid, while playing for the Blue Jays in 1998 and how he continued to use various steroids through 2007.

These names are taken from section VIII. B.: "Information Regarding Purchases or Use of Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball" and Section IX. B."Alleged Internet Purchases of Performance Enhancing Substances By Players in Major League Baseball""

David Justice Andy Pettitte Miguel Tejada Gary Sheffield Chuck Knoblauch Mo Vaughn Denny Neagle Kevin Brown Eric Gagne Matt Williams

The blog has what appears to be a full list here.

Page 243 of the report breaks down the allegations against the Cardinals’ Rick Ankiel, including the New York Post’s claims that Ankiel purchased eight shipments of injectable HGH from an online pharmacy. The report quotes Ankiel admitting to reporters that he used HGH but maintaining all use was “always under a doctor’s care, a licensed physician.” It says the MLB commissioner's office met with Ankiel on September 11 to discuss his drug use and on December concluded “that there was insufficient evidence of a violation of the joint program in effect at the time of the conduct in question to warrant discipline of Ankiel.”

-Keegan Hamilton

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