Mitchell mentions current, former A's
Findings of performance-enhancing drug probe revealed
OAKLAND -- The long-awaited Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball was released Thursday, and several former A's -- as well as current designated hitter/outfielder Jack Cust -- were among the many players whose names appeared in the document.
Jason Giambi, who played for the A's from 1995-2001 and was named the American League Most Valuable Player in 2000, his brother Jeremy Giambi (2000-2001), Jose Canseco (1985-92, 1997), Miguel Tejada (1997-2003), Jose Guillen (2003), David Justice (2002), Randy Velarde (1999-2000, 2002), F.P. Santangelo (2001), Adam Piatt (2000-2003) and Cody McKay (2002) were the former Athletics named in the report.
Calls were placed by MLB.com requesting comment from A's president Michael Crowley, general manager Billy Beane and manager Bob Geren. Beane said the club needed time to read the massive report and likely will not be making a statement until Friday morning.
Among the passages involving former A's in the report was Piatt's disclosures to the investigators. There is a section in the report specifically on Piatt, the A's Minor League Player of the Year in 1999, that included his own admission to the investigators of taking performance-enhancing drugs, starting in 2002. Piatt told the Mitchell investigators that he obtained the performance-enhancing substances from Kirk Radomski, the former Mets clubhouse attendant and steroids supplier to whom Piatt says he was introduced by Santangelo.
Also included in the report was Piatt's statement that he acquired steroids and HGH for Tejada in 2003, the year after Tejada was named American League MVP. The report mentions checks of $3,100 and $3,200 written by Tejada to Piatt.
The findings of Mitchell's report were released at 11 a.m. PT on Thursday.
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.
Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees, Tejada of the Houston Astros, 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, quick, 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 in PDF format. It will be presented in a searchable, clickable version as soon as the 311 pages of content can be converted appropriately.
While the report detailed drug use in baseball by naming those accused, the report 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.
Mitchell's 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.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.