Judgment day arrived for baseball’s steroids era, with the Mitchell report set to be released and posted on the Internet for all to see.
The first names to emerge today was seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte.
ESPN.com reported that Brian McNamee, a former trainer for the Yankees and Clemens, said information he gave Mitchell on supplying the pitcher with steroids is in the report. The Web site, citing an unidentified source close to the trainer, said McNamee told investigators he supplied Clemens with steroids.
“We will respond after the report,” said Randy Hendricks, the agent for Clemens and Pettitte.
According to ESPN, trainer Brian McNamee, who worked for the Yankees and was Roger Clemens’ personal trainer, told the Mitchell investigators that in at least one instance, Clemens “was in possession of steroids from another supplier, the source said.”
ESPN The Magazine’s Shaun Assael, who first reported that Clemens name is on the Mitchell report this morning, had more to say on ESPN TV.
“McNamee, interviewed by investigators from the Mitchell commission, told them that he gave steroids to Roger Clemens while he was with the Yankees, and before,” Assael said. “Clemens and McNamee worked together while he was with Toronto.”
Clemens signed with the Blue Jays in Dec. 1996 after spending 13 seasons with the Red Sox and went on to win the Cy Young award in 1997 and 1998 while pitching for Toronto.
“One other thing that he [McNamee] told investigators is that he was not the only supplier of steroids to Clemens,” Assael added. “Clemens on at least one occasion, had gotten steroids from another source.”
Pettitte also may be named in the Mitchell report.
New York Daily News writers Michael O’Keeffe and Teri Thompson reported today that “according to a source familiar with information provided to Mitchell, Brian McNamee, the longtime personal trainer for the players, gave the former Senate majority leader conducting a steroids investigation for Major League Baseball information linking Clemens to the use of steroids and human growth hormone and Pettitte to human growth hormone.”
The Bergen Record reported today that “several” prominent Yankees would be named in Mitchell’s report, which will be released today at 2 p.m.
It will be interesting to see the reaction if a Red Sox player is on the Mitchell list.
In a radio interview yesterday, Sox righty Curt Schilling was asked if there was a difference between someone who ordered HGH through the mail and someone who did steroids.
“No, I mean I’m now going with the presumption that anybody that had a bottle of this stuff show up somewhere in the mail anywhere near them did it, so you can [look at it] any way you want, and people will. This is going to be like anything else. Some of these guys [on the list] will be literally family members to some people and other ones [on the list] people won’t care.”
In Oct. 2006, the Los Angeles Times reported that Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Miguel Tejada were among the players that former major league pitcher Jason Grimsley accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a federal agent’s affidavit.
Clemens defended himself at the time of the accusation.
“I just think it’s incredibly dangerous to sit out there and just throw names out there,” Clemens said at the time. “I haven’t seen [the report], nor do I need to see it.”
“I’ve been tested plenty of times,” he added. “My physicals I’ve taken, they have taken my blood work. I have passed every test. Again, I just find it amazing that you can throw anybody out there.”
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.