What do these players all have in common?
They all played for the Boston Red Sox at some point in their careers and all were named in today’s Mitchel Report.
Chad Allen – Spring Training Invitee in the early 2000’s.
Larry Bigbie – Red Sox called off trade for Bigbie July 2005 (for Kelly Shoppach and Adam Stern) in an almost deal that still makes Colorado Rockies management mad.
Allen and Bigbie were also named. While neither actually played for the Red Sox, both came very close.
It is unfair to suggest that all those listed played for the Red Sox while using steroids or HGH, but the report named an alarmingly high number of former Red Sox players. I was stunned. Peter said in one of his posts today that he didn’t think there were that many ex-Red Sox players, but I disagree. Before I continue, Mitchell’s report is just that, a report on what Senator George Mitchell (ME) found during his investigation. Players are likely to cry foul, like Roger Clemens has already, and they have that right as none of these players has been found guilty in a court of law.
That being said, many of the guys wrote personal checks to individuals who cooperated with Mitchell and the federal government, so the evidence is strong, don’t you think?
While Roger Clemens has already denied using steroids, his name is by far, by far the biggest name on the list outside of Barry Bonds. As Peter said today, if Bonds is considered the best offensive player of his time, then Clemens certainly has to be considered the best pitcher of his time. News of his using steroids is a bombshell. It means MLB has had its 2 best players of the last 20+ years labeled as cheaters, again, like Peter already said.
I’m not ready to say that because all players were doing steroids that it was an even playing field, but I am left wondering just how I feel about this. I am bummed, but it was so rampant that I’m not certainly how, if at all, it will impact my enthusiasm for the sport. This needs to sink in a bit more I think.
By the way, if I missed anyone that played on the Red Sox, please let me/us know. And if any of these guys (on my list or the Mitchell report) has been found guilty in a court of law, also let me/us know.