The Mitchell Report

The Mitchell report on steroids in baseball is coming out tomorrow.

I’m actually excited.  When they first comissioned the report, I thought it was a farce and wouldn’t actually do anything.  I guess that could still be true, but at least they have a report to release.

Leave your predictions on names named in the report in the comments.

One question: which is the bigger deal, The Mitchell Report or The Dowd Report?  I think the Dowd Report will end up having more substance, but because it only affected one player, it won’t be as big a deal as the The Mitchell Report.

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18 responses to “The Mitchell Report

  1. My opinion: The Dowd Report, because it had access to more witnesses and evidence. The evidence in the Dowd Report also conclusively proved the premise, so in that sense it was more effective (because no matter how good the Mitchell Report is, it will not be able to *comprehensively* be conclusive on the issue in its entirety).

  2. The Mitchell report is tainted b/c Mitchell is possibly an owner himself and at least buddies with the owners. To me, the owners are a big part of the problem. They are complicit at best. I would love a truly independent report. I don’t think the Mitchell report will be independent (from the owner’s/management’s perspective) but we shall see.

  3. I heard a rumor that the Yankees were playing the Jays on Opening Day this season. So I went to the Yankee website and couldn’t find anything. Thinking I would be crafty, I googled Yankees Schedule 2008. The second result, which links to the Yankees website, yields the following address:

    newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/tentative.jsp?c_id=nyy&year=2008%20(We’ll%20Choke%20Again%20Anyway)

    Now, I’m not sure if this is some sort of trick or something but I found it humorous nonetheless.

  4. “It’s going to be a rough day in the Bronx” – anonymous source

  5. Well, Giambi is obviously going to be a big part of the report.

  6. I didn’t find out until yesterday that Mitchell is a Red Sox director. Am I the only one who thinks that’s a major conflict of interest?

    Rumor is that Clemens will be on the list.

  7. I didn’t find out until yesterday that Mitchell is a Red Sox director. Am I the only one who thinks that’s a major conflict of interest?

    I agree.

    The truth is, not being in the report is obviously not evidence of being clean, but I guess my hopes of the report including Big Papi Ortiz won’t come true.

  8. I wonder if Pettitte is on the list too, because of his association with Clemens.

    Otherwise who else makes sense? Jeter, Arod? These guys dont have the bulk that comes with steriods. Posada too.

    I guess we’ll see who Mitchell decided to include.

  9. Here’s a rumored leaked list:

    Brady Anderson, Manny Alexander, Rick Ankiel, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Aaron Boone, Rafaeil Bettancourt, Bret Boone, Milton Bradley, David Bell, Dante Bichette, Albert Belle, Paul Byrd, Wil Cordero, Ken Caminiti, Mike Cameron, Ramon Castro, Jose and Ozzie Canseco, Roger Clemens, Paxton Crawford, Wilson Delgado, Lenny Dykstra, Johnny Damon, Carl Everett, Kyle Farnsoworth, Ryan Franklin, Troy Glaus, Rich Garces, Jason Grimsley, Troy Glaus, Juan Gonzalez, Eric Gagne, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Jose Guillen, Jay Gibbons, Juan Gonzalez, Clay Hensley, Jerry Hairston, Felix Heredia, Jr., Darren Holmes, Wally Joyner, Darryl Kile, Matt Lawton, Raul Mondesi, Mark McGwire, Guillermo Mota, Robert Machado, Damian Moss, Abraham Nunez, Trot Nixon, Jose Offerman, Andy Pettitte, Mark Prior, Neifi Perez, Rafael Palmiero, Albert Pujols, Brian Roberts, Juan Rincon, John Rocker, Pudge Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Scott Schoenweiis, David Segui, Alex Sanchez, Gary Sheffield, Miguel Tejada, Julian Tavarez,Fernando Tatis, Maurice Vaughn, IJason Varitek, Ismael Valdez, Matt Williams and Kerry Wood

    For the Sox it sucks to see Varitek. For the Yanks, Pettitte’s inclusion hurts the most. Otherwise a lot of the names aren’t surprising or it doesn’t matter that much. Damon is bad for both teams. From a baseball standard, Bagwell’s inclusion hurts. He’s one of the best 1B of all-time.

  10. My favorite part is that A-Rod tried to steal the spotlight again by finalizing his deal today… What a winner.

  11. The Report is up. A whole bunch of marginal Yanks are on that list (Stanton, Knoblauch, Glenallen Hill, David Justice) as well as Clemens and Pettitte.

    Mo Vaughn and Manny Alexander are the only two from the Sox. Glad to see Bagwell isn’t on the list.

  12. “during the middle of the 2000 season, Clemens made it clear that he was ready to use steroids again. During the latter part of the regular season, McNamee injected Clemens in the buttocks four to six times with testosterone from a bottle labeled either Sustanon 250 or Deca-Durabolin.”

    Suck it, all you Yankee fans who defended Clemens when he tried to kill Mike Piazza with a fastball to the head, and then defended him again when Clemens threw the broken bat Piazza! (“I thought it was the ball!”)

  13. Yeah, cuz all the mets fans were all saying “riod rage”….sure.

  14. Suck it, all you Yankee fans who defended Clemens when he tried to kill Mike Piazza with a fastball to the head, and then defended him again when Clemens threw the broken bat Piazza! (”I thought it was the ball!”)

    I think the three WS championships in the last 10 ten years will console us.

  15. I also love that the guy who ratted out Pettitte and Clemens is named McNamee.

  16. Anyone else here think “Jeter’s Cheater’s” should have their 2000 title stripped?

    Obviously, when it happens, you can expcet to see Benny “Hawaiian Punch” Agbayani and co. parading down Broadway!!

  17. As a loyal Met fan I now have to question all those Yankee WS wins 🙂

    There’s finally something good in rooting for a team that rarely wins or has any major accomplishments. Can’t strip the Mets of anything can ya? We now have to erase all of Mo Vaughn’s Met strikeouts from the record books. And Todd Hundley shall no longer be considered the second best hitting catcher in Met history – booh hoo.

    On a serious note this report is sloppy at best. Besides Mitchell’s obvious conflict as I noted above, while I’m not bothered that players were named in general, if steroids are as rampant as the report suggessts, why name only these 70+ players? Do a full investigation and name a few hundred/thousand players. It’s not fair to pick 70 and say “case closed” and let’s begin to clean the sport up. Either name everyone (or as many as possible) or none. The problem is naming everyone would be a fiasco for MLB and noone wanted that. But it sucks to be on that list if it indeed is true that over 30% of the league is doing it and most got off scott free.

    Also, I would love a new sabermetric category/stat on hitting or pitching against known juice users as in “Wright is hitting .313 against clean pitchers and .247 against juiced pitchers” Anyone talking about this?

  18. Mitchell. George J.

    George Mitchell was Disney-ESPN chairman from 3/2004 thru 12/2006. Can you say CONFLICT?????

    Mitchell paid MLB $9 BILLION+ in his years as chairman of the Disney board. Some of that money was used for corked bats and steroids.

    Mitchell is the managing partner of DLA Piper who invoiced MLB for steroid auditing (no audit work was ever performed)

    It is a total white wash. All teh players are REQUIRED to be on drugs (steroids, cortisone and amphetamines)

    No exception.

    Steroids are essential to all TV sport theater,

    from Tiger Woods, Ortiz, Pujols, Kobe, Lebron, Lance Pharmstrong to Martina Hingis. They all use illegal drugs.

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