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Phillies connections in the Mitchell Report

From the Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball by George J. Mitchell, here are the references to the Phillies:

Former Expos catcher Luis Perez said that he could obtain steroids from a clubhouse attendant for the Phillies, from page 101:

[Luis Perez] said that he knew of clubhouse employees with other teams who were similarly called upon to obtain drugs for players, including in particular a visiting clubhouse attendant in Philadelphia.

Jeff Cooper’s concern of Lenny Dykstra’s apparent steroid use, from page 68:

Philadelphia’s then-head athletic trainer Jeff Cooper told us that during this period he observed a Phillies player whose use of steroids was “obvious.” Cooper would not divulge the player’s identity to us. He told us that he approached the general manager [Lee Thomas] to report his concerns, and the general manager advised Cooper that he should raise the subject with the player directly. Cooper then did raise the issue with the player, who said it was none of Cooper’s business. The matter went no further.

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  1. Brian Michael

    December 14, 2007 at 8:34 am

    After reading the report, my initial reaction is that the whole thing is a little flimsy. I realize the report is over 400 pages and took about a year to compile, but I haven’t seen much hard evidence, at least nothing to base a winnable legal case around. The receipts and copied checks are valid, but the Clemens and Pettitte (among others) stories are pretty weak. There’s no doubt this stuff is/was going on, I just don’t think the report tells the whole story so I would hesitate to crucify any of the named names. Still, this is a great first step for baseball, I’m glad they did it.

  2. Greg

    December 14, 2007 at 8:56 am

    yeah, they named names and lets be on with it. A nice little scarlett A for those named brings a little accountability to those not and those considering the same path. Now if the ESPN tabloids spinsters and Selig could only drop it instead of turning it into some kind of McCarthyist witchhunt, that would be great. Unfortunately, my notion is that this report report will be turned into something real ugly.

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