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Friday 30, Jan 2009

  A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MITCHELL REPORT

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radomski-steroids1While former US Senator George Mitchell moves on to a new project in the Middle East, issues about his disagreement with certain passages in Kirk Radomski’s book, “Bases Loaded”, are still being examined. Radomski wrote that the senator himself asked him if he knew anything about the illegal steroid use of certain athletes such as Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez. Not all that were asked were identified in the Mitchell Report though and according to the anabolic steroids dealer, this was because Mitchell couldn’t get any second hand information about them. The senator’s deputy, John Clarke, denied any allegations. The problem is, however, it isn’t only Radomski who pointed out this tactic. Past interviews with other baseball personalities revealed the Mitchell’s office tried to fish for names and information.

Radomski is an important witness to the Clemens case and the Mitchell Report. It would look back if people start having the notion that the senator only wants positive news about his office and would rather hide the dirt on how the report was created. Although the Mitchell report had done a lot of good in naming athletes who had used steroids, the methods by which this information was taken would be scrutinized by the public.

Thursday 29, Jan 2009

  INCONSISTENCIES IN RADOMSKI’S BOOK MIGHT GIVE CLEMENS AN ADVANTAGE

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bb-steroidsIt has been a week since the disputes on Kirk Radomski’s book, “Bases Loaded”, began  coming out. There have been so many factual errors in what he has written that even Sen. Mitchell and Major League Baseball had to release more accurate accounts. This time it is Brian McNamee, the chief accuser and Roger Clemens’ former trainer that gave out a statement contradictory to a passage from Radomski’s book. According to Radomski, McNamee bought steroids from him and had informed him that he injected Clemens with the steroid Winstrol. During his appearance for his deposition with committee investigators, McNamee had a different account than the steroid dealer.

Even if McNamee is the more important witness and that they could probably let go of Radomski, the cooperation of the two is essential in swaying the jury to believe the accusation against Clemens. According to a former federal prosecutor, the contradictory statements of McNamee and Radomski would hurt the perjury case and would give Clemens an uncalled for advantage. Ever since the release of his book, Radomski’s credibility has been put into question. The defense can use even the slightest inconsistencies to plant some doubt in the mind of the jury.

Monday 26, Jan 2009

  PASSAGES FROM “BASES LOADED” CONTAIN ERRORS

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radomski-steroidsKirk Radomski has been bumping into a lot of disputes lately, just after his book, “Bases Loaded”, had been available for preview. First there was this 2-time “correction” by George Mitchell, and now, Major League Baseball officials are not happy with what they’ve read.

Radomski wrote that players were summoned in order to tell them that they had positive results during tests for steroid use. According to the steroid dealer, one player approached him and told him that the commissioner’s office wanted him to drop by for that reason. The main problem with this is that testing during those times were introduced on an anonymous basis and that it would imply that the baseball officials had been trying to limit the number of athletes who would have positive results the next season by warning them early.

Rob Mandred, one of the drug test’s officials, tried to clarify the mistakes on the passage.

Interestingly, there is some misinformation written on Radomski’s book. One of these is that he mentioned that Roger Clemens and Jose Canseco even if they had played together several times. Another is an incident with Dwight Gooden testing positive for cocaine use during the wrong year.

Saturday 24, Jan 2009

  MITCHELL CLAIMS THAT RADOMSKI’S BOOK IS NOT ACCURATE

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kirkradomski-steroidsThe famous Mitchell Report lists down 90 current and former Major League Baseball players that had been using performance enhancing drugs. In order to create this list, George Mitchell needed the cooperation of steroid dealer Kirk Radomski who had provided anabolic steroids to different athletes. Radomski currently wrote a book, “Bases Loaded” that discusses how Mitchell attempted to tie athletes with steroid use. He wrote that before the release of the Mitchell Report, Mitchell himself asked him specific questions on the athletes. Mitchell had good information but needed a second source to confirm which of those players were using performance enhancing drugs. Mitchell needed Radomski to remember whom he had dealt with and make sure that the stories are correct. Radomski wrote that he didn’t have firsthand knowledge on some of the players that Mitchell asked about. These individuals were left out of the Mitchell Report.

Mitchell rebuts what Radomski had written, saying that the steroid dealer’s account on the conference was inaccurate.

This isn’t the first time Mitchell commented about what was written in Radomski’s book. The claims of the first dispute were similar to the second one.

On Monday, Mitchell disputed a separate passage in the book in which Radomski describes being asked by Mitchell about five high-profile major leaguers who were not among his customers. Radomski writes that Mitchell had suspicions about the five players and had been told by baseball officials that some had tested positive for steroids.

Radomski says he told Mitchell he had no firsthand knowledge linking these five players to drug use, and ultimately, only one of them was named in the report. Mitchell, however, said Monday that at no time did he raise with Radomski the names of specific players who had not previously been identified by Radomski.

While the publishers of the book have not yet released their comments on the ongoing dispute, “Bases Loaded” will be released in stores by next week.