Current, former O's in Mitchell Report
Probe links players to performance-enhancing drugs
BALTIMORE -- Two current Orioles players, second baseman Brian Roberts and outfielder Jay Gibbons, were among the dozens implicated on Thursday in former Sen. George Mitchell's report to Major League Baseball about performance-enhancing drugs.
Former Orioles Miguel Tejada, David Segui, Larry Bigbie, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Grimsley, Todd Williams, Jerry Hairston Jr., Gary Matthews Jr. and Howie Clark were also mentioned in the Mitchell Report.
Gibbons, who received a 15-day suspension from the Commissioner's Office on Dec. 6 for violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, said recently that he expected fans to react to the news in a wide variety of ways.
"I have no idea how the fans will take it," Gibbons said in advance of the Mitchell Report, which cited a Sports Illustrated report that linked Gibbons to the purchase of six shipments of human growth hormone from Signature Pharmacies in Orlando, Fla. "They're going to react how they're going to react. I can't control that. All I can do is go out there, try to play good baseball and try to win them back. That's my goal. They have the right to react however they want."
One hub that linked several Orioles seemed to be former first baseman Segui, who opened up his home to Roberts and Bigbie in the 2001 season. Segui allegedly had long-standing connections to Kirk Radomski, a former Mets clubhouse attendant who subsequently pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
Segui, who played for the Orioles from 1990-93 and 2000-04, allegedly began using steroids in the mid-'90s. Bigbie testified in the Mitchell Report that Segui counseled him and eventually injected him with deca-durabolin and testosterone, and the outfielder took the habit further on his own. According to the Report, Bigbie implicated Roberts in further testimony.
The Mitchell Report stated that when Bigbie and Segui used steroids in the house, Roberts did not participate. According to Bigbie, however, in 2004, Roberts admitted to him that he had injected himself once or twice with steroids in '03. Until this admission, Bigbie had never suspected Roberts of using steroids.
The Report stated that Segui also introduced Hairston Jr. to Radomski, and the report indicated that Bigbie connected Clark. Roberts declined to meet with Mitchell to discuss the allegations, and he isn't mentioned in any other context.
The Mitchell Report also detailed Tejada's involvement with steroids, which allegedly began with help from former teammate Adam Piatt. The pair, who played together with the Oakland A's, discussed different means of chemical assistance before taking the conversation to another level.
Several high-profile, superstar-caliber players were among those named in the Mitchell Report, the product of a 21-month, multimillion dollar investigation that could shape decisions, prompt punitive actions against active players and usher in the next era of the sport.
Free agent Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees, Eric Gagne of the Milwaukee Brewers and Paul Lo Duca of the Washington Nationals were among the most prominent former and current All-Stars to be mentioned in the lengthy report, which spans 311 pages, plus multiple exhibits, including evidence of signed checks, handwritten notes and shipping receipts.
The players listed in the paragraph above are by no means the only players listed in the report, but in MLB.com's first initial review of the document, those names stood out by their notoriety. Our coverage will continue minute-by-minute through the course of the proceedings and for the foreseeable future thereafter, but the entire report is available for viewing here at MLB.com.
While the Mitchell Report detailed drug use in baseball by naming those accused, it also contained 19 separate recommendations for the sport to move forward from this point, proceeding after a culture of steroids and performance enhancement grew exponentially in the late 1990s.
The Mitchell Report named both Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association in assigning blame, charging leadership -- from the Commissioner to club owners and general managers -- for allowing the issue to proliferate.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.