The Mitchell Report Play-by-Play
December 13th, 2007 by czar

~ 10 AM: WNBC reports this on their website:

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 Pior, 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, Jason Varitek, Ismael Valdez, Matt Williams and Kerry Wood.

I wonder if this list is a hoax.

11:31 AM: You mean the list that mentions Juan Gonzalez three times? Troy Glaus twice? The one were like 8 individual people have stepped up saying it came from “inside sources,” “Bloomberg,” “MLB execs?”

You people are actually buying this crap?

Varitek has his broken elbow to pin this one on. HGH for recovery- prescribed by doctor. His name doesn’t surprise me at all. Nor does Trot’s or Damon’s. El Guapo?

11:38 AM: Fantastic. People are making excuses when players haven’t even been listed yet.

Well if someone claims a doctor prescribed it, wouldn’t that seems to be something easy to rectify. Can’t the doc step forward and say “Yeah, I wrote the script?” Can’t a paper record be produced?

11:51 AM: Because it’s still a banned substance, prescribed by a doctor or not. That was the big deal with Byrd– he came out and said “MLB gave me permission to take it,” and MLB said “Uh, no we didn’t.”

I compare it to failing a sobriety test but you try to argue your way out of it by saying, “my doc told me to drink red wine for my heart!” That’s clearly not a great analogy, but I think whether or not a doctor prescribed something is irrelevant in the eyes of MLB unless baseball was aware and allowed it.

CNBC just named Nomar, Pujols, Damon, Tek, etc. Though they referred to their source as “MSNBC sources.” Not sure if these sources are legit.

11:56 AM: Exact same list as was posted earlier, without the double names. Until someone else reports it, I’m erring on the side that someone jumped the gun, copied a faux internet list, and put it on national TV. That would be absolutely priceless.

Newschannel 4′s Jonathan Dienst has obtained names of baseball players expected to be on George Mitchell’s list of players linked to performance enhancing drugs in major league baseball. Baseball officials are refuting several names on the list.

A high-ranking MLB official said there are several errors in the list provided to WNBC.com by two sources. Original sources are standing by the preliminary list provided to WNBC.com. Therefore, we working to clarify the list at this time.

WNBC.com

12:08 PM: That’s code for “Jonathan Dienst is going to lose his job because he’s an idiot who copied an internet list, posted it on WNBC, which then got picked up by other affiliates citing that.”

ESPN also stating they will not report the names because MLB has come out and denied it.

12:15 PM: All the major networks (CNN, MSNBC, etc.) have discontinued confirming the names on the aforementioned list (Damon, Pujols, Varitek, etc.).

Wake me at 2.

Ultimately the players named in this report will be suspected, but this report will not really settle anything. Anyone named will continue to deny the allegations, and many of their fans will not accept these conclusions. The doubt that will surround the report will give them sufficient cover.

That depends… Will the report give time frames when implicated players are known to take PED? Are the types of PED going to be listed? Are players going to be partitioned by any other characteristics, or lumped together? There’s a lot of aspects that I personally don’t know about the report (maybe someone could shed light as to the particulars) that could definitely help damn some people.

With the media whirlwind that has enveloped this story (and really spiking today), I find it tough to believe that a majority of fans will side with the players. Sure, half of RSN would do anything to keep Tek from being brought down, and Yankee fans would do the same for Jeter.

But in the end, once the player has been named, the burden of refutation then shifts to them, however unfair it is or might seem. This isn’t something where a player can say “I took flaxseed oil” and fans across the country’ll be like “Oh, maybe they f*cked up in the Mitchell Report.”

1:59 PM: http://files.mlb.com/mitchrpt.pdf

No Tek, Damon, Nomar, etc. First list published was totally and absolutely bogus (as assumed).

Someone at WNBC is getting effin’ fired.

2:06 PM: Other names of interest ON the report: Brendan Donnelly, Mo Vaughn, David Justice, Mike Cameron, both Giambis…

Gagne is on the list on page 265. Very interesting read.

Sox scout to Theo Epstein when discussing Gagne trade…

“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.

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