Mitchell Report

The much-anticipated Mitchell Report came out Thursday, and it wasn’t pretty. In all, 75 players were named as abusers of steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs, including former Blue Jay Roger Clemens, who was easily the biggest name on the list.

Clemens, according to Mitchell, began taking steroids in 1998 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. The report states that Brian McNamee, Clemens’s personal trainer, injected the pitcher with the steroid Winstrol during the ’98 campaign. The injections took place in the SkyDome Hotel in Toronto, where the two shared an apartment.

“According to McNamee, from the time that McNamee injected Clemens with Winstrol through the end of the 1998 season, Clemens’s performance showed remarkable improvement.”

Clemens went on to win his second straight Cy Young Award at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, it was announced a week ago that current Blue Jay third baseman Troy Glaus managed to avoid discipline from the Commissioner’s Office due to ‘insufficient evidence of a violation of the joint program in effect at the time of the conduct in question’. Glaus is said to have purchased nandrolone and testosterone from an online pharmacy.

The other current Blue Jay named in the Mitchell report was catcher Gregg Zaun. On page 179 of the report, Mitchell states that former pitcher Jason Grimsley referred Zaun to former New York Mets clubhouse employee Kirk Radomski, when the two played together on the Kansas City Royals in 2001.

“Although Radomski never spoke to Zaun about the transaction, Radomski received a check from Zaun for the steroids. Radomski produced that check, a copy of which is included in the Appendix [of the report].

“Radomski confirmed the payment was for Deca-Durabolin and Winstrol. He also stated that he sent the drugs to Zaun at the Kansas City Royals clubhouse.”

The Mitchell report also states that Zaun was one of seven players that was supplied with steroids by Luis Perez, a former bullpen catcher for the Montreal Expos. That was said to have occurred in 2002.

“In order to provide Zaun with information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me; he declined.”

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