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Fehr has been more timid than I expected, though he is certainly upset about not getting a preview of the report before it went public.
MLBPA press conference has just begun with Executive Direction Donald Fehr
There is another list of players over at ESPN that includes the pages that the players appear on.
Roger Clemens attorney has spoken on Clemens behalf and denied any use of PEDs. Pettitte's agent says he will not comment until conferring with the players union
Decisions regarding disciplining players and staff mentioned in the report will be made on a case by case situation.
Selig: will immediately enact any of the Mitchell Reports recommendations that is in his control
ESPN is streaming MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's Press Conference.
The phrase of the moment is "circumstantial evidence". Legal minds are taking a detailed look, and in many cases it seems as if the evidence may not hold up against the union if any actions were taken.
Considering that increased growth of the skull is a side-effect of steroids abuse, all these "Fat Head" commercials that are airing at each and every ESPN break seems oddly poignant.
The one good thing that steroids did to the world, it kept Disney from making a movie out of the feel good story that was Rick Ankiel.
I'm gonna get a little more into this report before the press conference at 4:30. Although I don't expect there to be much said by the leauge. Overall Selig has to feel alright about how the report shaped up. It is definitely critical of the league, but more so of the players union.
Mitchell does take Selig to task on ignoring the issue of steroids prior to 1998, referencing hundreds of articles that speculated at the use of steroids in baseball when Selig claimed the leauge did not know it was a probably.
Bud Selig will have his press conference in less than 1 hour at 4:30 EST.
My quick count looks to be a little high. It's looks to be just a couple players short of 80.
I'm still getting over the absolute shock of the report, and trying to read in a little more detail. I've got to admit that coming in, while I was expecting big results (otherwise I wouldn't of had a live blog from early this morning), but I was not expecting this. This is huge.
Deadspin is also in the process of breaking down this massive report. They have a list up, just in case I missed someone.
Over 80 Players named in Mitchell Report
It is very important to remember that these are just the players listed in the report as being linked to performance enhancing drugs. They in no way have been found guilty, there has only been evidence that links them, in most cases, to purchasing PEDs.
PLAYERS NAMED IN REPORT
- PAUL LO DUCA
- BOBBY ESTALALLA
- ADAM RIGGS
- BART MIADICH
- FERNADO VINA
- KEVIN BROWN
- ERIC GANGE
- MIKE BELL
- MATT HERGES
- GARY BENNETT JR
- JIM PARQUE
- RENDAN NONNELLY
- CHAN ALLEN
- JEFF WILLIAMS
- HOWIE CLARK
- XAVIER LOGAN
- DAVID JUSTICE
- FP SANTANGELO
- GLEN ALLEN HILL
- MO VAUGHN
- RON VILLONE
- RYAN FRANKLIN
- CHRIS DONNELS
- TODD WILLIAMS
- PHIL HIATT
- TODD PRATT
- KEVIN YOUNG
- MIKE LANSING
- CODY MCKAY
- KENT NERCKER
- ADAM PIATT
- MIGUEL TEJADA
- JASON CHRISTIANSEN
- MIKE STANTON
- STEPHEN PANDOLPH
- MARVIN BENARD
- BARRY BONDS
- JASON GIAMBI
- JEREMY GIAMBI
- BENITIO SANTIAGO
- GARRY SHEFFIELD
- RANDY VELARDE
- LENNY DYKSTRA
- DAVID SEGUI
- LARRY BIGBIE
- BRIAN REOBERTS
- CHUCK KNOBLAUCH
- JACK CUST
- TIME LAKER
- JASIAS MANZANILLO
- TODD HUNDLEY
- HAL MORRIS
- MATT FRANCO
- RONDELL WHITE
- ROGER CLEMENS
- RICK ANKIEL
- DAVID BELL
- PAUL BYRD
- JOSE CANSECO
- JAY GIBBONS
- TROY GLAUS
- JASON GRIMSLEY
- JOSE GUILLEN
- JERRY HAIRSTON JR
- DARREN HOLMES
- GARRY MATTHEWS JR
- JOHN ROCKER
- SCOTT SCHOENEWEIS
- ISMAEL VALDEZ
- MATT WILLIAMS
- STEVE WOODARD
MITCHELL: 1/2 players named in report no longer in baseball
VERIFIED NAMES: RICKEY BONES, MANNY ALEXANDER, ALEX CABRERA, JUAN GONZALEZ,LUIZ PEREZ, KEN CAMINITI
MITCHELL: Asks Commissioner to forgo punishing players listed in the report
MITCHELL: Players tipped off to unannounced drug testing
MITCHELL: Each club has at least one player involved in taking illegal substances
VERIFIED - FORMER RED SOX MANNY ALEXANDER NAMED IN REPORT
Between 5-7% tested positive for steroids
SI has the full report available online in PDF format, it's 409 pages long.
MLB had 3 days to review the Mitchell Report and made NO CHANGES to the report.
ESPN is streaming Mitchell's press conference, as is MLB.com
VERIFIED - PAUL LO DUCA IS NAMED IN THE MITCHELL REPORT
VERIFIED - ROGER CLEMENS IS NAMED IN THE MITCHELL REPORT
Reports are being handed out right now, and they should hopefully openly be available any minute.
SI.com's Jon Heyman is now reporting that, as EFotG speculated earlier, Miguel Tejada is infact named in the Mitchell Report.
We are now sitting about 1/2 an hour away from the release. It is expected to be over 300 pages and available online, so get out those reading glasses.
Through this whole ordeal with Kirk Radomski, the Mets Clubhouse boy, many have brought up the fact that just because he's cashed a check from a player does not mean it was for steroids, players tip the clubhouse boys often. ESPN analyst and former player John Kruk says he gave a clubhouse boy $14,000. Man, I'm in the wrong business.
Things have seemed to settle down as we approach the 2pm release. ESPN will officially begin it's coverage of the Mitchell Report in 15 minutes, although really it's been the story all morning.
Also lately it seems like more at more analysts are referring to the amount of players as "several dozen", which is significantly down from the 60-80 earlier reported.
ESPNews just stated that they will not report on the list that is out there, presumably the Deadspin list, which is turning up all around now. According to ESPNews MLB is denying the authenticity of this list.
According to George Mitchell most of the information from this report comes from former Met's clubhouse boy Kirk Radomski who acted as a steroid supplier. From this can we assume that many of those named in this list will be from the National League. Well, so far, that does not look to be the case, but it's something to keep in mind.
A memo from the players union to all players suggests that they should not respond to any questions regarding the Mitchell Report today. Probably a good call with a report of this magnitude. It's going to take days before this report can be adequately assimilated.
Deadspin has received a list of players that are supposedly in the Mitchell Report. There's really nothing to substantiate this list, but it's certainly interesting.
ESPN.com will be streaming both press-conferences at 2pm and 4:30pm EST. When those become active, EFotG will have the link.
Alex Rodriguez has finalized his agreement with the New York Yankees. There is absolutely nothing to tie this to the investigation, but it's certainly interesting timing. And don't forget that early speculation has at least several prominent Yankee's being named.
Clemens is obviously the big name that was leaked early, but another prominent Yankee's pitcher, Andy Pettitte was also provided to the investigation by personal trainer Brian McNamee. Unlike Clemens, I have never heard Pettitte's name brought up in steroids speculation.
The biggest news so far broke only minutes ago, with ESPN reporting that Yankee's star pitcher Roger Clemens will be named in the report. This may very well be the biggest name in the report, because really, how much bigger can you get than Clemens?
In a weird way, this actually lends some credibility to Jose Canseco and his book Juiced. Many wrote off Juiced as an attempt to cash in on the controversy. But with Canseco conjecturing Clemens as a user and this early report tying him to report, maybe Juiced is worth a little more than we originally thought.