The Mitchell Report Revisted, Part XII
And we’re back with more of our retrospective look at the report that outed so many juicers in baseball. You can find the previous portions of this tome here: Part I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X and XI.
Logan was referred to steroid supplier supreme Kirk Radomski by Rondell White, his teammate in Detroit. According to Radomski, Logan bought one kit of HGH just before the feds raided Radomski’s house in December 2005. He shipped the package to him, and Logan confirmed to Radomski that he received it. Logan’s phone number was in Radomski’s cell phone directory. Logan, however, declined to talk about these allegations. Logan’s best year was in 2006 with the Nats when he had one homer, a .300 BA and an OPS of 726 in 90 at bats. After the following season, he was non-tendered by Washington after the Mitchell Report named him. He signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers in February, but when he didn’t make the team, he shifted over to Indy ball to play for the Long Island Ducks. Talk about getting blackballed by the majors — Logan was definitely screwed by this report.
After the story about Signature Pharmacy being raided by New York and Florida agents, Schoeneweis was just one of many players whose name was being tossed around in the media as a possible client of the company. It was on October 1, 2007 that ESPN ran a story about Schoeneweis receiving six shipments of steroids from Signature Pharmacy between 2003 and 2004 when he was with the ChiSox. Schoeneweis denied that the report was true. He was forced to meet with the Commissioner’s Office last December, but it was deemed there was insufficient evidence to discipline him. Schoeneweis’s best season was 2005, when he went 3-4 with one save and 21 holds in 80 games while recording a 3.32 ERA for the Jays. He’s still going strong, enjoying an excellent season in 2008 for the Mets.
Bell was another player that’s name was mentioned in the press after the Signature Pharmacy bust. Sports Illustrated, in a March 6, 2007 article, named Bell as someone whoses name was allegedly in the customer records of Applied Pharmacy Services. The article alleged that Bell received six kits human chorionic gonadtropin (HCG) (mmm….gonadtropic…sounds like a milkshake flavour) from this pharmacy in April 2005 when he was a Phillie. HCG is used by heavy steroid users to counteract the effects of the drugs. SI further reported that Bell acknowledged to reporters that he received the HCG but said he had a prescription for it and he was taking the drugs to deal with a medical condition that he wouldn’t talk about, citing privacy laws. There had never been any previous allegations that had come to light about Bell, George Mitchell reported. Bell’s best year was 2004, when he hit .291 with an OPS of 821. Two years later, he was done, having recorded a lifetime OPS of 716 over 4,826 career at bats.
In the wake of the Signature Pharmacy scandal, Holmes was also mentioned as a possible client. On March 8, 2007, Sports Illustrated reported that Holmes had bought HGH and testosterone from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center (I love the names of these kind of places – they’re so pastoral sounding) in October 2003, product that was shipped to his house in North Carolina. Apparently, Holmes did admit to reporters that he ordered these drugs but said he never used them. He did, however, say he didn’t order the testosterone that came in the package, and that’s what got him suspicious. Holmes apparently talked it over with his wife and wound up throwing everything away after that. Mitchell says that there was no other evidence that Holmes had been a juicer. His best season was in 2002, when he pitched 55 games and 54 2/3 IP out of the Atlanta bullpen, recording a 1.81 ERA. He pitched just one more year and was done after 551 relief appearances and six starts covering 680 IP. Holmes wound up with 35 wins, 59 saves, 60 holds and a lifetime ERA of 4.25.
Rocker, who definitely had his share of issues during his career, was also implicated after the Signature Pharmacy raid. SI reported in March 2007 that, as per the database of Applied Pharmacy Services, Rocker obtained two prescriptions for HGH between April and July 2003. At first, he denied this, but later a spokesperson for Rocker admitted that he had been prescribed HGH after shoulder surgery. Rocker’s best season was his rookie year in 1998, when he went 1-3 with a 2.13 ERA and 15 holds. He spent six years in the majors, pitching strictly out of the bullpen for 280 games and 255 1/3 IP. All told, he had 88 saves and 36 holds with a 3.42 ERA, last appearing in the bigs in 2003. He went on to pitch in the Independent Atlantic League in 2005, but after he sucked so bad (6.50 ERA), he requested and received a release. He hasn’t pitched professionally since.
Former journeyman hurler Valdez was yet another player implicated in the wake of the Signature Pharmacy bust. On November 6, 2007, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an article that alleged that Valdez made several purchases of HGH and other drugs designed to counteract the effects of steroid abuse in 2002 from the Palm Rejuvenation Center. According to the article, the prescription was written by the same dentist who prescribed drugs to Paul Byrd, Jose Guillen and Matt Williams. Is anyone else reminded of the dentist in that classic Seinfeld episode? Valdez’s best year was 1997 with the Dodgers, when he went 10-11 with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts and 196 2/3 IP. He last pitched in the majors in 2005, and all told in 325 career games, he went 104-105 with a lifetime ERA of 4.09.
Woodard was also fingered as an alleged customer of Signature Pharmacy. On September 7, 2007, the New York Daily News reported that Woodard had steroids and HGH shipped to him from The Health and Rejuvenation Center, but it was unknown when this occurred. Mitchell wrote that no one had any previous knowledge of Woodard being a juicer. Woodard’s best season was 1998 for the Brewers, when he went 10-12 with a 4.18 ERA in 34 games (26 starts) and 165 2/3 IP. He struck out 135 that season. All told, Woodard went 32-36 with a 4.94 career ERA in 94 starts and 68 relief appearances. He last pitched in the majors in 2003, and spent the 2004 season pitching for two different Triple-A teams. He was out of baseball until this season, when he got battered around (6.04 ERA) while pitching for Triple-A Albuquerque, mostly out of the pen.
Next up, we’ll finally close out this exhaustive report with a look at Paul Byrd, Jose Guillen, Stephen Rudolph and others.