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Former Detroit Tigers in The Mitchell Report

As you surely know, George Mitchell's report on steroid use in Major League Baseball was made public today. The press conference announcing the report's release just ended, during which Mitchell recommended that the commissioner's office not penalize the players named in the report ("except when conduct was so serious that it needs to be disciplined to maintain the integrity of the game"), but should instead focus on taking action toward future steroid use in the sport.

You can read and download the document through

There are quite a few star players that were named in the 400-page report, such as Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada, and that will likely receive the majority of attention in the media. But since this is a Detroit Tigers blog, I'll just mention the names that might be of most interest to Tigers fans. I obviously haven't read the whole document, but have spent most of the past hour scanning for pertinent names.

Gary Sheffield was implicated in the original BALCO investigation, along with eight other players. It's been reported that he initially refused to cooperate with Mitchell's investigation, but eventually agreed to be interviewed. Due to his lawyer undergoing medical treatments, however, Sheffield hadn't arranged a meeting before the investigation concluded. He insists he never knew any of the substances he used while training with Greg Anderson contained steroids.

The other three names listed in the report related to the Tigers are Rondell White, Fernando Vina, and Nook Logan.

Each of those three players are named for having given payment to former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski in return for performance enhancing substances, such as human growth hormone and Deca-Durabolin. Photocopies of checks written are included in the report, some of which were made out while those players were with the Tigers. White, Vina, and Logan each declined Mitchell's request to be interviewed for the investigation.

A discussion thread has also been set up in the Diaries.

EDIT: It's been pointed out to me that Mark Carreon, Phil Hiatt, and Hal Morris - each of whom was also listed in the Mitchell Report - are also former Detroit Tigers. Yes, technically... that is correct. Apologies for the oversight.

UPDATE (8:00 p.m.): Something else I should've included is this excerpt from p. 121 of the report:

At the end of the 2004 season, a clubhouse employee was cleaning out the Detroit Tigers locker room when he found a black toiletry kit that was locked. He and another Tigers employee opened the bag and found unused syringes and vials that they determined were anabolic steroids. They did not report the incident. The employee said that he could not remember who the bag belonged to.
(Thanks to The Wayne Fontes Experience)