No current Phillies on Mitchell Report
Ten ex-players included in former senator's investigation
PHILADELPHIA -- No players on the Phillies' current 40-man roster were included in Thursday's release of former Sen. George Mitchell's 311-page Mitchell Report, which details a comprehensive search into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball.Ten former Phillies were named in the Report: Jeremy Giambi (2002), Benito Santiago (1996), Bobby Estallela (1996-99), Lenny Dykstra (1989-96), Jason Grimsley (1989-91), Ryan Franklin (2006), Todd Pratt (1992-94, 2001-05), Gary Bennett (1995-2001), Paul Byrd (1998-2001) and David Bell (2003-06). Only Dykstra -- a member of the 1993 National League championship Phillies -- and Bell were linked to performanace-enhancing drugs while playing for Philadelphia. In the early evening, after separate news conferences from Mitchell, Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Don Fehr, the Phillies issued a statement: "The Phillies join Commissioner Selig in thanking Senator Mitchell for his comprehensive work and the resulting Report issued earlier today. We agree with the Commissioner's desire to rid our game of performance-enhancing drugs and support his willingness to accept Senator Mitchell's recommendations. "Our fans' trust in the integrity of the game is of utmost importance to the Phillies. We hope that our game took a significant step forward as a result of today's developments." Bell was named in a Sports Illustrated article in March as having ordered and received Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) from Applied Pharmacy in April 2006. Bell told the magazine at the time that he received the drug for "a medical condition." It was later believed that Bell and his wife, Kristi, were trying to start a family and HCG is often used to assist in that process. Bell didn't return a call seeking further comment. The findings for Dykstra are detailed on page 66 of the Report: "As with Jose Canseco, Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Lenny Dykstra was subject to articles speculating about his possible use of steroids. The first appeared at the start of the '90 season, when Dykstra credited 'real good vitamins' for adding 30 pounds of muscle to his frame during the offseason." available for viewing here at MLB.com. While the Report detailed drug use in baseball by naming those accused, it also contained 19 separate recommendations for the sport to move forward from this point, proceeding after a culture of steroids and performance enhancement grew exponentially in the late 1990s.
The Mitchell Report named both Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association in assigning blame, charging leadership -- from the Commissioner to club owners and general managers -- for allowing the issue to proliferate.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.