Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mitchell Report Damning of Yankees

One important issue to remember, is that this report only sheds light on the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED's) in baseball over the last 20 years. Even so, the report is still rather damning towards the Yankees. Over 15 former and current Yankees were named, including Kevin Brown, Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Jason Giambi, Jason Grimsley, Glenallen Hill, David Justice, Chuck Knoblauch, Josias Manzanillo, Hal Morris, Denny Neagle, Andy Pettitte, Gary Sheffield, Mike Stanton, Ron Villone, Rondell White, and Todd Williams.

Many of those players played key roles in the Yankees dynasty years of last decade. Roger Clemens pitched well with the Yankees during the 1999 and 2000 playoffs, winning two World Series games and a game against the Red Sox in the 1999 ALCS. Clemens is the only Yankees player listed, who is accused of using steroids throughout his entire tenure with the Yankees.

David Justice was traded to the Yankees in June of 2000. He then hit .305/.391/.585 with 20 home runs and 60 RBI in 78 games with the Yankees, to help them win the division over the Red Sox by 2.5 games. Later, Justice would go on to be the 2000 ALCS MVP with the Yankees.

Pettitte was with the Yankees in all four of their dynasty World Series years. He spent most of that time as the Yankees Game 2 starter and was a solid force in the playoffs. Although the Mitchell Report doesn't trace his use of PED's back any further than 2002, he may have been using them earlier.

Chuck Knoblauch hit .375/.500/.563 in the 1998 World Series. He also hit .333/.429/.389 against the Red Sox in the 1999 ALCS, and .313/.353/.563 in that year's World Series. His use of PED's was traced back as early as 2001, although he may have been using them earlier.

The Yankees also got considerable help from PED's when they played the Red Sox in the 2003 ALCS. Both Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte received wins in the series with Jason Giambi hitting two home runs in the deciding Game 7, which went to extra innings. Mitchell claims that all three players had already taken PED's prior to that year.


Jerry said...

Andy Pettite use Hgh in 2002 for twice and quit after that..

Mitchell report is so biased. How come there's no Redsox being name? Don't give that crap that Mcnamee and Radomski are from Ny...

Where's David Orti, Gape Kapler, and Jason Varitek in Mitchell Report? I want some answer.

Senator Mitchell probably hid the names because He's Redsox director and being paid by them.

Ethan Michaels said...

Plenty of Red Sox were named. Brendan Donnelly and Eric Gagne were both on the Red Sox last year. Plenty of former Red Sox players were named as well. If you don't think the report was critical of the Red Sox, I doubt you've actually taken the time to read it.

It mentions that Paxton Crawford once dropped a bag on the floor of the Red Sox clubhouse, and when syringes came flying out, the team laughed. It also mentions that the team knew Gagne likely used PEDs and they still acquired him. I suggest you read through the official report if you have some free time.

And why would David Ortiz and Jason Varitek be named? There's never been any evidence that they've used PEDs, and they've never been implicated.

That's not to say they definitely didn't use PEDs, but there's no reason to think the report is biased just because they're not in it. There's no doubt the report didn't catch everyone, but it was impossible for it to.

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