Players Named In Mitchell Report Include Roger Clemens And Many New York Mets

December 13, 2007 at 12:31 pm (Baseball, New York Mets)


Add Bonds, Tejeda, and Gagne and in two years they came up with FIVE big-time names. Not the eighty some odd names that were rumored.
Here’s a list. Might not be complete.

Marvin Benard
Barry Bonds
Bobby Estalella
Jason Giambi
Jeremy Giambi
Benito Santiago
Gary Sheffield
Randy Velarde
Lenny Dykstra
David Segui
Larry Bigbie
Brian Roberts
Jack Cust
Tim Laker
Josias Manzanillo
Todd Hundley
Mark Carreon
Hal Morris
Matt Franco
Rondell White
Roger Clemens
Andy Pettitte
Chuck Knobloch
Jason Grimsley
Gregg Zaun
David Justice
F.P. Santangelo
Glenallen Hill
Mo Vaughn
Denny Neagle
Ron Villone
Ryan Franklin
Chris Donnels
Todd Williams
Phil Hiatt
Todd Pratt
Kevin Young
Mike Lansing
Cody McKay
Kent Mercker
Adam Piatt
Miguel Tejada
Jason Christiansen
Mike Stanton
Stephen Randolph
Jerry Hairston, Jr.
Paul LoDuca
Adam Riggs
Bart Miadich
Fernando Vina
Kevin Brown
Eric Gagne
Mike Bell
Matt Herges
Gary Bennett, Jr.
Jim Parque
Brendan Donnelly
Chad Allen
Jeff Williams
Howie Clark
Nook Logan
Rick Ankiel
David Bell
Paul Byrd
Jose Canseco
Jay Gibbons
Troy Glaus
Jose Guillen
Jerry Hairston, Jr.
Darren Holmes
Gary Matthews, Jr.
John Rocker
Scott Schoenweis
Ismael Valdez
Matt Williams
Steve Woodard

My First thoughts:

I’d heard about Marvin Bernard, but for some reason it always makes me laugh… Tejada trade was finalized yesterday? Hmmmmmm… This will not satisfy Congress… Mr. Mitchell is a Director of MLB’s Boston Red Sox, so the entire report must be taken with a grain of salt… Isn’t Cody McKay the son of former A’s coach who followed Tony LaRussa to St. Louis to assist Mark McGuire with his “conditioning” program? Acorns and trees?… Fehr and Selig need to resign… Many of these names are “old news”… Roger Clemens is now every bit a poster boy for the ongoing “Steroidal/HGH Era” as is Bonds…

Now, what about my beloved Metropolitans?


Here are some excerpts from the report about the Amazin’ Mets:

Paul Lo Duca
Paul Lo Duca is a catcher who has played with three teams in Major League
Baseball since 1998, the Los Angeles Dodgers (7 seasons), Florida Marlins (2 seasons), and New York Mets (2 seasons). He has appeared in four All-Star games.

Todd Hundley referred Lo Duca to Radomski when Lo Duca played for the
Dodgers. Radomski estimated that he engaged in six or more transactions with Lo Duca. In some transactions, Radomski sent the performance enhancing substances by overnight mail to Lo Duca’s home or to the Dodgers clubhouse and Lo Duca sent Radomski a check a week or so

Radomski produced copies of three checks from Lo Duca, each in the amount of $3,200. All are included in the Appendix. Radomski said that each check was in payment for two kits of human growth hormone.
Lo Duca’s name, with an address and telephone number, is listed in the address book seized from Radomski’s residence by federal agents. During that search, federal agents
also seized a note from Lo Duca to Radomski.
It read:
Sorry! But for some reason they sent the check back to me.
I haven’t been able to call you back because my phone is TOAST! I have
a new # it is [Lo Duca’s phone number is listed here]. Please leave your #
again because I lost all of my phonebook with the other phone.

In 2002, Lo Duca was quoted by Sports Illustrated in an article responding to Ken Caminiti’s admission of steroid use. Lo Duca was reported to have said: “If you’re battling for a job, and the guy you’re battling with is using steroids, then maybe you say, ‘Hey, to compete, I need to use steroids because he’s using them . . . Don’t get me wrong. I don’t condone it. But
it’s a very tough situation. It’s really all about survival for some guys.”418
According to the notes of an internal discussion among Los Angeles Dodgers
officials in October 2003 that were referred to above, it was reportedly said of Lo Duca during
the meetings:
Steroids aren’t being used anymore on him. Big part of this.
Might have some value to trade . . . Florida might have interest.
. . . Got off the steroids . . . Took away a lot of hard line drives.
. . . Can get comparable value back would consider trading. . . . If
you do trade him, will get back on the stuff and try to show you he
can have a good year. That’s his makeup. Comes to play. Last
year of contract, playing for 05.419

On June 26, 2004, Lo Duca wrote a check to Radomski for $3,200. On July 30, 2004, the Dodgers traded Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota, and Juan Encarnacion to the Marlins.420 On August 7, 2004, Lo Duca issued another check to Radomski for $3,200. In January 2005, Lo Duca signed a three-year contract with the Marlins.
The handwritten note shown below on Dodger Stadium stationary from Lo Duca to Radomski was seized from Radomski’s house during a search by federal agents. Radomski said that this note was included with a check Lo Duca sent Radomski as payment for human growth hormone.

In order to provide Lo Duca with information about these allegations and to give
him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me; he declined.

From the Adam Riggs section…
According to Radomski, Lo Duca referred [Adam] Riggs to him. Radomski subsequently engaged in six to ten transactions with Riggs from 2003 to 2005. Radomski never met Riggs in person. Radomski said that he sold Riggs human growth hormone, clenbuterol, and Winstrol.

From the Eric Gagne Section
Paul Lo Duca and [Eric] Gagné were teammates with the Dodgers from 1999 to 2004. Although he is not sure when, Radomski recalled that Lo Duca called Radomski and told Radomski that Gagné was with him and wanted to buy human growth hormone. Gagné then came onto the phone and asked Radomski a question about how to get air out of a syringe. This
is the only time Radomski spoke to Gagné. Radomski said that Lo Duca thereafter placed orders on Gagné’s behalf.

From Matt Herges section
[Matt] Herges was a teammate of catcher Paul Lo Duca with the Dodgers from 1999 to 2001. According to Radomski, Herges called Radomski and said that Lo Duca had given him Radomski’s telephone number. Radomski said that he made two or three sales of human growth hormone to Herges. His first contact with Herges might have been as early as 2004 and his last
sale to him was in late 2005, not long before federal agents executed the search warrant on Radomski’s residence. Radomski never met Herges in person.

Scott Schoeneweis
On October 1, 2007, ESPN reported on its website that New York Mets pitcher Scott Schoeneweis had received six shipments of steroids from Signature Pharmacy at Comiskey Park while he was playing for the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and 2004.498

Dr. Ramon Scruggs of the New Hope Health Center (the suspended California physician who also was reported to have issued prescriptions for Troy Glaus) reportedly prescribed the drugs.

According to ESPN,
Schoeneweis spent $1,160 on steroids, including testosterone and stanozolol.499 Schoeneweis denied the report.500
The Commissioner’s Office met with Schoeneweis to discuss these allegations. On December 6, 2007, the Commissioner’s Office announced that there was insufficient evidence of a violation of the joint program in effect at the time of the conduct in question to warrant discipline of Schoeneweis.

Todd Pratt
Todd Pratt played as a catcher from 1992 to 2006 for four teams in Major League Baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies (8 seasons), Chicago Cubs (1 season), New York Mets (5 seasons), and Atlanta Braves (1 season).

Radomski became acquainted with Pratt after he joined the Mets in 1997.
According to Radomski, Pratt informed him that he had previously bought Deca-Durabolin from another source.

Sometime in 2000 or 2001, while he was still with the Mets, Pratt asked to buy anabolic steroids. Radomski made one or two sales of small amounts of steroids to Pratt. Radomski also recalled having a few discussions with Pratt regarding their use. In order to provide Pratt with information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me. He did not respond to my request.

Todd Hundley
Todd Hundley played as a catcher with three teams in Major League Baseball from 1990 until 2003 (the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs). He was with the Mets from 1990 to 1998. He played in All-Star games in 1996 and 1997.

Radomski has known Hundley since 1988, when Radomski worked for the Mets and Hundley played in the Mets’ minor league system.380 Radomski stated that, beginning in 1996, he sold Deca-Durabolin and testosterone to Hundley on three or four occasions.

At the beginning of that year, Radomski told Hundley that if he used steroids, he would hit 40 home runs. Hundley hit 41 home runs in 1996, having never hit more than 16 in any prior year.

After the season, Radomski said, Hundley took him out to dinner.
Chris Donnels played with Hundley in 2000 when they were both with the
Los Angeles Dodgers. Donnels admitted to my investigative staff that Radomski supplied him with performance enhancing substances. Donnels recalled having extensive discussions with Hundley about his performance enhancing substance use and about Radomski while they were teammates.

Hundley’s name, with two addresses and three telephone numbers, is listed in the address book seized by federal agents from Radomski’s residence.
In order to provide Hundley with information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me; he declined.

Lenny Dykstra
Lenny Dykstra played as an outfielder in Major League Baseball with two clubs, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, from 1985 to 1996. As a player with the Phillies, Dykstra played in three All-Star games and finished second in Most Valuable Player balloting in 1993.

Radomski first met Dykstra when he was playing for the Mets and became “very close with Lenny.” According to Radomski, when Dykstra reported to spring training in 1989, “his increased size was noticeable.” When Radomski asked him about his increased size, Dykstra admitted to taking steroids.

Radomski also recalled that Dykstra’s weight fluctuated
during that spring training. He stated that members of the Mets’ management discussed Dykstra’s weight fluctuations with the team’s athletic trainers and that “the trainers would just laugh.”

After the Phillies lost the 1993 World Series, Dykstra called Radomski and asked whether Radomski could get Dykstra steroids. Although Radomski does not remember the exact time frame, he recalled providing Dykstra with Deca-Durabolin, Dianabol, and testosterone.

Since approximately 2000, the Commissioner’s Office has been aware that
Dykstra used anabolic steroids during his playing career. At that time, senior vice president for security Kevin M. Hallinan, his deputy Martin Maguire, and then-executive vice president for baseball operations Sandy Alderson met with Dykstra and his doctor in an attempt to increase
their understanding of steroids. Hallinan said that Dykstra admitted to using steroids, saying that he used them to “keep his weight up” during the season. According to Hallinan, Dykstra said using steroids eliminated the need for him to work out during the season.

In order to provide Dykstra with information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me; he never agreed to an interview


Any wonder why I get sooo much more enjoyment from my computer baseball simulation game than from real baseball, these days?

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Michael Vick Sentence…

December 10, 2007 at 7:39 pm (Unzipped Thoughts)

…. should be served in “dog years.”


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Internet Baseball Trade Rumors..

December 8, 2007 at 4:32 pm (Baseball)

Never Come To Fruition.

With that in mind, it’s been rumored that the Oakland Fremont [?] A’s are in the running for the services of future DI [Designated Inmate], Barry Bonds.

Keeping in mind that the East Bay A’s [the name it will end up being, I hope] have Mike Piazza and Jack Cust under contract. In the interest of winning games, both of these terrific hitters should not come in contact with leather.

That said, it’s a bad baseball decision… but a GREAT business decision.

Folks will come out in droves.

Barnum and Bailey said it best. “Everyone loves a freak show.”

frak show 2

Love him…

bonds love

…or hate him…

barr bonds

… makes no nevermind. We’ll all be watching.

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December 7th. Japanese Attack Pearl…

December 7, 2007 at 12:23 pm (Alameda, Baseball, News & Politics)


WZIG in Alameda is reporting that Boston Red Sox Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzuka [Dice-K] attacked the remains of the late Pearl Bailey with a fungo bat, at Forrest Lawn Cemetery, in Los Angeles.

Matsuzuka, is pictured bellow being led away from the crime scene.


Pearly Mae [pictured bellow], who has been dead since 1990, could not be reached for comment.


The late Ms. Bailey’s husband, drummer Louie Bellson, said that “although this is not ‘a date that will live in infamy,’ as was the attack on the other Pearl [Harbor], it still sucks. Can’t we all just get along?” pleaded the still spry octogenarian.


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Baseball Steroids Fiasco Continues

December 6, 2007 at 3:40 pm (Baseball)

This is from an article from

“Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that Jay Gibbons of the Baltimore Orioles and Jose Guillen of the Kansas City Royals each have received 15-day suspensions for violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

“Both suspensions will be effective at the start of the 2008 regular season.

“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball also announced that it had concluded its investigations of Scott Schoeneweis, Gary Matthews, Jr., Troy Glaus and Rick Ankiel and had determined that, with respect to each player, there was insufficient evidence of a violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in effect at the time of the conduct in question. Other open investigations should be completed shortly.”

15 days… that should put the fear of gawd into those reprobtes. Yeah.

Here’s a picture of baseball’s fearless leader sporting his perpetual “deer caught in the headlights” look.


Edited to add 12/10/07: The player’ union filed a grievance for Ozzie Guillen, appealing his suspension.

Earth to Senator Jim Bunning. Do you read me?

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Hot Teenager

December 6, 2007 at 1:33 am (Family & Friends)

Self portrait of Phillip Tyko, age 17.

phillip makes fire

phillip levitates

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The Top 10 Unintentionally Worst Company URLs. . .

December 3, 2007 at 5:35 pm (Unzipped Thoughts)

From my email:

Attention Entrepreneurs:

Everyone knows that if you are going to operate a business in today’s world you need a domain name. It is advisable to look at the domain name selected as others see it and not just as you think it looks. Failure to do this may result in situations such as the following (legitimate) companies who deal in everyday humdrum products and services but clearly didn’t give their domain names enough consideration.

1. A site called Who Represents where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity. Their domain name is

2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at

3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at

4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at

5. Then of course, there’s the Italian Power Generator company…

6. And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales

7. If you’re looking for computer software, there’s always

8. Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church. Their website is

9. Then, of course, there’s these brainless art designers, and their whacky website:

10. Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe ? Try their brochure website at

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Walter O’Malley Makes The Hall Of Fame…

December 3, 2007 at 1:44 pm (Baseball, Unzipped Thoughts)

and it’s time to shut the fucker down.

walter ogallo05

The folks on he Brooklyn Dodger thread at Baseball Fever are apoplectic. Rightfully so.

Here’s what I posted, in response to the news, stirring it up, as I go:

“This is, indeed, a travesty.

“That said, I hope they don’t throw you guys a “bone,” in the way of Gil Hodges. It would be insulting. Yes, he was a “Saint.” So was Roger Moore. Yes, he had big hands. So did John Holmes. Yes, he smoked more cigarettes in the course of a lifetime than anyone who ever lived. Yes, he deserves it more than the likes of Enos Slaughter, Gaylord Perry, Phil Rizzuto, Don Sutton and Lloyd “Little Poison” Waner. For that matter, he’s equally as [un] deserving as Pee Wee Reese.

All these wrongs don’t make a right.

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Nancy Pelosi’s Thanksgiving Day Feast?

December 2, 2007 at 1:02 pm (News & Politics)


No, just some wishful thinking on my part.

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That Little Ol’ Breeder…

December 1, 2007 at 12:11 pm (Family & Friends, Unzipped Thoughts)

… me.

My dear friend and I were exchanging Emails about the unique experience of raising male children. I started pecking at the keys and, for one of the few times in my life, happened to transpose my feelings accurately.

“Every day I experience  a full gamut of emotions around being dad.

At 17, he goes from boyhood to manhood, and back, five times a day… as do I. We’re so alike and, at the same time, so different.

What a trip!!!!!!!! It’s great sharing these thoughts with you, Dick.
Love and luck,

Here’s a very recent picture of the man/child, Phillip Tyko:

Phillip in his room blog


… kvell along with me now, everyone.

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