The Mitchell Report Revisited, Part X
We’ve taken a bit of a breather from the report, as we focus on football season, our now-rolling NBA Draft Kit, and the kick off our hockey coverage. But we’re back, baby, to once again examine the aftermath of George Mitchell’s legendary report, nearly a year later. Here is the rest of the series: Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and IX.
While toiling for the Diamondbacks (2003-04), Randolph was referred to everybody’s favourite pusher, Kirk Radomski, by Chris Donnels (although Donnels denied that he did hook the two of them up). After conversations between the pair in which Radomski suggested Randolph research HGH, Radomski says he sold him some, either in 2003 or 2004. Randolph’s name and phone number was found in Radomski’s address book, seized by the feds. Randolph declined the opportunity to meet with Mitchell about the allegations. Randolph’s best season was his rookie year in 2003, when in 50 games and 60 IP out of the D-Back pen, he fanned 50 while going 8-1 with a 4.05 ERA. He spent the entire 2008 season at Triple-A, pitching very well, but never getting promoted. In 109 big league games (six of them starts) and 155 IP, he has 10 wins, four holds, 134 strikeouts, but a lifetime ERA of over five and a half.
Jerry Hairston, Jr.
Hairston met Radomski through David Segui, the uber ‘roid pimp, a teammate of Hairston’s in B-More from 2002 to 2004. According to Radomski, he sold Hairston HGH two or three times between 2003 and 2004. One of the cheques from Hairston to Radomski was reproduced in the report. Additionally, Hairston’s contact information was found in Radomski’s infamous little black book. Sports Illustrated, in March of 2007, reported that Hairston’s name was included in the customer list of Applied Pharmacy Services, one of the agencies that’s been under federal investigation. Once the report was released, Hairston pleaded befuddlement in the press: “It’s disturbing…I have no idea what this is about. I’m really in the dark. Not one time have I taken steroids or anything like that. I would never do anything like that to jeopardize my career,” he said. When Mitchell came calling, Hairston had nothing else to say. We do know this: despite losing over half the 2008 season to injuries, Hairston enjoyed a career year, hitting .326 and recording an OPS of 871 with six homers, 36 RBI and 15 steals in 80 games and 261 at bats. In 2,795 career at bats over 10 seasons, Hairston has 39 homers with a .260 BA and an OPS of 700.
Radomski says good old Paul Lo Duca was the one who referred Riggs to him. He says between 2003 and 2005, the two of them were involved in six to 10 steroid transactions, including HGH, clenbuteral and Winstrol. There are five cheques from Riggs to Radomski that are reproduced in the report’s Appendix, and an Express Mail receipt with Riggs’s address was discovered during the raid on Radomski’s home. Also, Riggs’s contact information was in Radomski’s famous little black book. Riggs declined to be interviewed for the report, but he sent a letter to Mitchell via his lawyer that stated that he “never tested positive for improper substances.” Radomski also says that Riggs introduced him to Bart Miadich, discussed below, and Brendan Donnelly, who we will discuss in a subsequent installment of this ongoing series. Riggs enjoyed his best season in 2003 with the Angels, when in 24 games and 61 at bats, he hit .246 with an OPS of 835. After 2004, Riggs headed to Japan to continue his baseball career. He was still playing in the NPB until being released in July. In 61 career games over four big league seasons, he hit .216 with an OPS of 636.
As mentioned above, according to Radomski, he was introduced to Miadich by Riggs. He says he frequently sold small amounts of testosterone and Winstrol to Miadich between 2002 and 2005. Radomski also said that Miadich told him he was getting HGH from another source. Chad Allen, an admitted steroid user and former teammate of Miadich’s, told Mitchell that Miadich had issues with “roid rage,” sometimes smashing things in the clubhouse after he had stunk up the joint. Miadich’s name, number and address were listed in Radomski’s address book. Miadich, who never responded to Mitchell’s interview request, enjoyed his best major league season in 2001, his first, when he went 0-0, 4.50 in 11 games and 10 IP with 10 Ks. Two years later, he appeared in one game for the Angels – his only other big league appearance. He spent most of the next three seasons at Triple-A, heading over to Japan briefly in 2005. After 2006, he never pitched professionally again, retiring with a career ERA of 6.75 in his brief major league time.
Former All-Star second baseman Vina originally met Radomski when he was a Met farmhand in 1993. According to Radomski, he sold Vina ‘roids around six to eight times between 2000 and 2005, and there are three cheques from Vina to Radomski produced in the report’s appendix. Vina, whose name and contact info was found in Radomski’s little black book, never responded to Mitchell’s interview request. Vina’s finest hour came in 1998 with the Brewers, when he hit .311 with 101 runs in 159 games. Overall, he hit better than .280 in 4,240 career at bats with 40 homers and 116 steals.
Radomski recalled selling Bell one kit of HGH, but he wasn’t sure when the transaction took place. Employed as a minor league manager by the D-Backs when the report was being compiled, Bell had to talk to Mitchell, and at the time admitted buying the kit from Radomski during the 2003 offseason. He says he couldn’t remember who gave him Radomski’s number (how convenient), and that he never bought or used PEDs ever again. Bell’s contact info was found in Radomski’s address book, by the way. Bell was a career minor leaguer, but appeared in 19 games for the Reds in 2000, going 6-for-27.
We’re nearing the end of our exhaustive report, but there’s still more to come (yippee!). Next up, we’ll look at Matt Herges, Gary Bennett, Jr., and Jim Parque among others.