Thursday, December 13, 2007

And the nominees for best enhanced performance are...

Let's face it. It's news worthy. I am surprised X didn't post already considering his favorite has already been leaked. I wonder how many names will be listed prior to the 2 PM announcement. MLB trade Rumors has a good post that will follow all the action. Watch, as 2 PM rolls around the most notably name will be Manny Alexander.

UPDATE (12:56 PM): Pettitte and Clemens named in Mitchell report

UPDATE (1:27 pm): I really should have done more homework, Deadspin published a list at 11:16 AM this morning. They acknowledge that it is not entirely accurate.


  1. ooooh! It just occurred to me. What is the over/under on my namesake being on the list?

  2. By the way, Carl made the "is this the list" list? (See the update above). As did Manny... Manny Alexander.

  3. Now I know how Earl felt.. those nights in Finland.

  4. Ohh... fun reading. X you might want to break this up over a week's worth of dumps.

  5. Brendan Donnelly:

    In considering whether to trade for Donnelly in 2007, Red Sox baseball
    operations personnel internally discussed concerns that Donnelly was using performance
    enhancing substances. In an email to vice president of player personnel Ben Charington dated
    December 13, 2006, Zack Scott of the Red Sox baseball operations staff wrote of Donnelly: “He
    was a juice guy but his velocity hasn’t changed a lot over the years . . . If he was a juice guy, he
    could be a breakdown candidate.”427 Kyle Evans of the baseball operations staff agreed with
    these concerns, responding in an email that “I haven’t heard many good things about him, w[ith]
    significant steroid rumors.”428

  6. Eric Gagne:

    When the Boston Red Sox were considering acquiring Gagné, a Red Sox official made specific inquiries about Gagné’s possible use of steroids. In a November 1, 2006 email to a Red Sox scout, general manager Theo Epstein asked, “Have you done any digging on Gagne? I know the Dodgers think he was a steroid guy. Maybe so. What do you hear on his medical?”425 The scout, Mark Delpiano, responded,

    Some digging on Gagne and steroids IS the issue. Has had a
    checkered medical past throughout career including minor leagues.
    Lacks the poise and commitment to stay healthy, maintain body
    and re invent self. What made him a tenacious closer was the max
    effort plus stuff . . . Mentality without the plus weapons and
    without steroid help probably creates a large risk in bounce back
    durability and ability to throw average while allowing the changeup
    to play as it once did . . . Personally, durability (or lack of) will follow Gagne . . .

  7. Mo Vaughn, HGH but not 'roids:

    Radomski said that he did not sell Vaughn steroids because Vaughn was “afraid of the big needles.”

    No mention of Nomar or Trot, contrary to early reports.

  8. Not exactly a banner day for the NYY. Not only did they have about 15 players named (obviously due to the mole that was uncovered), but clearly, the organization does not appear to have done anything to inhibity a culture of PEDs.

    But then again, who cares. The report could have told me that Manny and Papi had injected steroids into each others asses for the last five years, and frankly, I would not have given a crap. And as we have noted here, just b/c no significant Sox were named, its not like its a 100% lock that everyone is innocent.

    You really think that is a week's worth? I think I'll be done by Monday. At the latest. Clearly your memory is fading....

  9. You know...looking at the list, most of those guys were/are free agents, just got traded or are on the trading block, or are retired...

    I wouldn't doubt if the first list that was leaked were names that were on the original report, but changed at some point...

    Also, some guys that WERE caught and SUSPENDED already were not on that list...that leads me to call shenanigans on the whole thing...and is there anything in the $20MM dollar report that wasn't in the media over the past few months? Maybe Clemens and Pettitte...that's about it.

    My summary of Mitchell report:
    Major leaguers did steroids.
    The home run race aided baseball in gaining back popularity after the strike.
    GMs and others turned their heads.
    Borderline players used it to get into the league.
    Big names used it to dominate.
    There should be random testing.
    Testing should be done by an independent firm.

    Did I miss anything?