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October 28, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
DENVER -- The season could end any day now, and then comes an off-season that could be unlike any in baseball history. Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader, could be indicted for perjury or tax evasion or both. Commissioner Bud Selig could suspend several players linked to steroids, human growth hormone or both in a government investigation. And Sen. George Mitchell is scheduled to release his report on steroids in baseball, in which dozens of players could be named.
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June 8, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Whenever the questions turn to drugs, Bud Selig has two talking points. First, Selig inevitably says that baseball has the toughest drug policy in American sports. This is true. Second, Selig points out that he commissioned the Mitchell Report and implemented all of its recommendations. This is not true. And, because of the one recommendation Selig refused to implement, all the good intentions fueling the latest crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs cannot obscure the perception of a commissioner acting in the best interests of his legacy rather than best interests of baseball.
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April 22, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
It has been about 10 days since Bud Selig and Donald Fehr put the Mitchell Report behind them. And why not? That's what their athletes always do when confronted with something uncomfortable or distasteful. They put it behind them. They've made it a cliche. Most media outlets followed along nicely.
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August 21, 2012
Writers from around the Tribune Co. will discuss seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, 50, who will pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League on Saturday night. Feel free to join the conversation with a comment of your own. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times How do you define success? If Roger Clemens wants to have a fun farewell on his own terms -- pitching in his hometown in front of friends and family -- this could be a rollicking success. But no one believes that is the objective.
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December 22, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
My grandson is 3 years old. He just got a new bed for his room at home in Baltimore. The sheets are a collection of American League baseball logos. The bed features a Boston Red Sox pillow and the rug is a baseball diamond. Sometimes, when he gets up in the morning, he runs the bases on his rug. "I got a big boy's baseball bed, papa," he says. His name is Liam. His formal name is William Dwyre Gaumont. His father, Bob Gaumont, is a baseball fan. More specifically, a Red Sox fan.
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April 12, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Baseball owners and players agreed Friday on a revised drug program that grants amnesty to all players cited in the Mitchell Report as users of performance-enhancing substances. "It is time for the game to move forward," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "There is little to be gained at this point in debating dated misconduct and enduring numerous disciplinary proceedings."
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December 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
RICK ANKIEL * 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.
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December 15, 2007 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
If the Dodgers were portrayed as nonchalant regarding steroids in former Sen. George Mitchell's report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball that was released Thursday, the San Francisco Giants were shown to be downright negligent, dismissing obvious signs of trouble and unwilling to challenge home run king Barry Bonds.
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December 20, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Curt Schilling challenged Roger Clemens to come out from behind his prepared statement, calling on Clemens to surrender the final four Cy Young Awards he has won unless he obtains a retraction for his citation in the Mitchell Report as a user of steroids and human growth hormone.
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December 24, 2007 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
Roger Clemens used the Internet to issue his latest denial that he ever used steroids, saying in a video that was posted Sunday on his foundation's website and YouTube.com that the parts of the Mitchell Report that pertained to him are "simply not true." Looking directly into the camera, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner said, "Let me be clear: The answer is no, I did not use steroids, human growth hormone, and I've never done so."
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May 3, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
WASHINGTON — New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte threw the perjury prosecution of his friend Roger Clemens into disarray Wednesday when he testified that he could have misunderstood a conversation with Clemens about human growth hormone. Pettitte said he thought Clemens told him sometime in 1999 or 2000 that he used HGH, but he admitted under cross-examination that he was hazy on the details. Is it possible, asked Clemens lawyer Mike Attanasio, that Pettitte misunderstood the critical conversation?
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May 2, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte threw the prosecution of his friend Roger Clemens into disarray Wednesday when he testified that he could have misunderstood a conversation he had with Clemens about human growth hormone. Pettitte said he thought Clemens told him some time in 1999 or 2000 that he used HGH, but he admitted under cross-examination that he was hazy on the details. Is it possible, asked Clemens lawyer Mike Attanasio, that Pettitte misunderstood the critical conversation?
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January 10, 2012 | Lance Pugmire
Barry Larkin has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday, while tainted sluggers Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro fell far short of the votes required for induction. Larkin played 19 seasons, all with his hometown Cincinnati Reds. A 12-time All-Star, he won the National League's most-valuable-player award in 1995 and a year later became the first shortstop with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season. Larkin received 495 votes and was named on 86% of the ballots -- a 24.3% jump from his 2011 numbers.
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August 12, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
There was a time when Jay Gibbons was so desperate to find a job that he wrote a letter to every major league team promising to donate his salary to charity if they signed him to a contract. That was in 2008. Asked if he still intended to do so, Gibbons smiled. "I'm going to hold on to my money now," the outfielder said. "I've got kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment enough. " Until Gibbons was promoted to the majors from triple-A on Sunday, he hadn't played in the big leagues since 2007, when he hit .230 for the Baltimore Orioles and was named in the Mitchell Report for receiving shipments of human growth hormone and testosterone.
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February 19, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Game Over? Close, but not quite. Disgraced former icon Eric Gagne, who electrified Dodger Stadium during a three-year stretch in which he saved a record 84 consecutive games, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers that includes an invitation to major league camp, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is not yet official. Gagne is expected to be part of the group of pitchers and catchers who will report to spring training in Phoenix on Saturday.
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September 22, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
In the winter of 2007, Major League Baseball was shaken to its core as Congress, armed with the Mitchell Report, examined the single greatest threat to the integrity of the game: steroids. In the baseball-crazy Dominican Republic, home to one in 10 major league players, that threat collides with a harsh reality because finding performance-enhancing drugs here is as easy as buying aspirin. Take a stroll along the leafy Calle Independencia, a block from this capital's bustling seafront highway, and at every intersection there are two or three pharmacies where steroids are sold openly.
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December 19, 2007 | Bill Shaikin and Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writers
With Congress watching baseball's every move in response to the Mitchell Report, the players' union has signaled its willingness to consider the reforms proposed in the report. In a letter to Commissioner Bud Selig, union Executive Director Donald Fehr said he would be amenable to discussing the issue, Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said Tuesday.
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December 12, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Commissioner Bud Selig ordered the investigation, and now he has the names, perhaps enough to fill three major league rosters. Former Sen. George Mitchell's investigation into baseball's steroid era is complete, and the commissioner's office is reviewing his report, a source said Tuesday on condition of anonymity. The report is expected to be released publicly Thursday, with Mitchell and Selig likely to hold news conferences that day.
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September 6, 2009 | Wire Reports
The remainder of Roger Clemens' defamation suit against Brian McNamee in Texas has been dismissed in Houston, leaving the pair to fight their legal battle in New York. U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison , who threw out most of Clemens' case in February, dismissed the remainder of the suit on Aug. 28. Clemens initially had sued his former personal trainer in Texas state court in January 2008, a month after McNamee's accusations against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner were published in the Mitchell Report.
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July 3, 2009 | Mark Medina
Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez will be going through uncharted territory when he returns to the lineup today after serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Phillies reliever J.C. Romero returned from his suspension June 3, but Ramirez is the first high-profile player to serve time under MLB's drug testing policy. Below is a look at six players who were publicly linked to performance-enhancing drugs, and how they fared afterward. Barry Bonds Position: LF How it went down: In December 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Bonds testified before a BALCO grand jury in December 2003 that he used substances that he believed were an arthritis balm and flaxseed oil, but were actually an anabolic steroid and THG. In March 2006, the book "Game of Shadows" documented Bond's testimony and his use of performance-enhancing drugs while playing with the San Francisco Giants, including human growth hormone.
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