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A thumbnail look at the prominent players mentioned in the Mitchell Report released Thursday (in alphabetical order):

December 14, 2007|From the Associated Press


* 2007 team: St. Louis Cardinals

* On the field: Left-hander was a rookie phenom on the mound in 2000, but wildness and injuries derailed his pitching career. So he switched to the outfield a few years later and began long climb back to the big leagues. Called up from minors in August, he batted .358 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in first 23 games.

* Off the field: Just as his unique comeback was making Ankiel the feel-good story of the season, the New York Daily News reported he received eight shipments of prescription human growth hormone in 2004. Ankiel admitted he used HGH, saying any drugs he took were prescribed by a doctor as part of his recovery from elbow surgery. Baseball recently concluded there was "insufficient evidence" to determine he committed a doping violation.


* 2007 team: Out of baseball

* On the field: Steady third baseman played very well for San Francisco in 2002 NLCS and World Series. Spent 12 years in the majors, batting .257 with 123 homers. Hampered by chronic back problems, Bell made his last big league appearance in 2006 with Milwaukee.

* In the report: According to a Sports Illustrated article, Bell reportedly purchased six packages of human chorionic gonadatropin ("HCG") from Applied Pharmacy Services of Mobile, Ala., in April 2005. The article reported that Bell acknowledged to reporters that he received the drugs but explained that he had received a prescription for them.


* 2007 team: San Francisco Giants

* On the field: He hit his 756th homer on Aug. 7, breaking Hank Aaron's career record, and finished the year with 762. He also holds the season mark of 73 set in 2001. The 43-year-old Bonds, who spent the last 15 seasons with San Francisco, is a free agent and is interested in playing again next season.

* Off the field: Home run king pleaded not guilty this month to perjury and obstruction of justice charges after a grand jury indicted him for allegedly lying under oath about using steroids. If convicted, legal experts say Bonds could spend up to 2 1/2 years in prison. "I know that when all of this is over, I will be vindicated," the seven-time NL MVP said in a statement on his website. The case also might jeopardize his potential election to the Hall of Fame. . . . In 2003, Bonds testified before a federal grand jury that he hadn't knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs, even though prosecutors say he flunked a private steroids test in 2000. In his testimony, Bonds said he thought his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was giving him flaxseed oil and an arthritic balm. Authorities suspected those substances were actually "the clear" and "the cream," two steroids linked to BALCO. . . . Bonds went from a skinny, speedy outfielder early in his career to a bulked-up slugger in his mid-to-late 30s.


* 2007 team: Out of baseball

* On the field: A veteran starter, Brown pitched for six teams between 1986 and 2005, including the Rangers, Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, Orioles and Yankees. He played in six All-Star games, was the Padres' player of the year in 1998 and the Dodgers' player of the year in 1999.

* In the report: Brown was put on the disabled list in June 2001 because of a neck injury and in July 2001 because of an elbow injury. After Brown got hurt, he called Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski and asked for human growth hormone. Radomski sent HGH to Brown and in return received a package containing $8,000 in cash. According to Radomski, over the next two or three years he sold performance-enhancing substances to Brown five or six times. Radomski recalled that Brown usually purchased multiple kits of HGH, paying with cash. At one point, Brown asked Radomski for Deca-Durabolin to help with an ailing elbow, and Radomski sold it to him.


* 2007 team: Cleveland Indians

* On the field: Soft-tossing pitcher went 15-8 with a 4.59 ERA this season and 2-0 with a 3.60 mark in two playoff starts.

* Off the field: Before Game 7 of the ALCS in Boston, he acknowledged taking human growth hormone after the San Francisco Chronicle reported he spent nearly $25,000 on the banned drug between August 2002 and January 2005. Byrd, expected to be interviewed by the commissioner's office about the report, said he was prescribed HGH to medicate a "pituitary tumor." The Indians picked up his $7.5-million option for 2008.


* 2007 team: Out of baseball

* On the field: An admitted steroids user, the power-hitting outfielder won the 1988 AL MVP award with Oakland after becoming the first major leaguer to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in one season. A six-time All-Star and '86 AL rookie of the year, Canseco played his final big league season in 2001. He finished with 462 homers and 1,407 RBIs.

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