Lazy Sunday Links and News

Jay Bruce, the Reds’ #1 minor league prospect and Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the year, has a new blog over at Yardbarker.  He doesn’t have many entries, but I hope he does some when spring training starts and throughout the year.  He says that he is going to do some video blogs so that will be fun.  I love when athletes do blogs that actually provide a real insight into their life.

Congress wants to get involved with Pete Rose and his reinstatement.  This may be one way to endear yourself to Cincinnatians, but by getting clipped for bribery probably won’t help your cause.

My feeling on Rose is this: Why does the Hall of Fame include bats, balls, jerseys, spikes and other memorabilia of Pete Rose yet he cannot have his own plaque in the same building? Either allow him to be reinstated (he probably won’t be elected by the Veterans Committee anyways) and leave the memorabilia alone, or bar any and all mention of him in the Hall of Fame all together. 

The Reds GM Wayne Krivsky signs former Yankee 1B Andy Phillips along with five other players. RHP Jim Brower, IF Jolbert Cabrera (pronounced HOLE-bert), IF Andy Green, LHP Adam Pettyjohn were also signed but not expected to make the team.  These guys are most likely fill-ins at the minor league level since it is starting to get a little thin at a few positions down on the farm. 

Roger Clemens is a popular guy these days.  Even Congress wants him to come and hang out, along with his buddy Andy Pettitte.  Commissioner Selig, Players Union President Don Fehr and Senator Mitchell also got an invite to testify the day before.

Roger Clemens, “60 Minutes”, and the Mitchell Report

One of the first explosive stories that will carry over from 2007 into this year will be the Mitchell Report and Roger Clemens. The 45 year old (will turn 46 in August) power pitcher was named in a report by Senator George Mitchell that was an investigation into the use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs and the culture of Major League Baseball during the mid-to-late nineties and into the 2000s.

Clemens will appear on the news magazine 60 Minutes on Sunday, January 6 discussing his case and why he is innocent of using steroids. Brian McNamee, his personal trainer of several years, named in a federal indictment, was a star witness to the non-binding Mitchell Report. McNamee alleges that he injected Clemens with PEDs along with his teammate and friend Andy Pettitte. Pettitte has already admitted to using the drug human growth hormone (HGH), but says his use was limited and was used during a period when he was recovering from an injury. HGH was on Major League Baseball’s banned substance list as of 2004.

On page 171-172 of the Mitchell Report, we learn about McNamee’s relationship with Clemens:

“McNamee’s training relationship with Clemens and others has been described publicly. Peter Gammons reported during spring training 2001:Brandon Smith, an apprentice trainer with the Yankees, describes Roger Clemens’ day as follows: ‘He’s one of the first players in every morning, runs, does his program with Andy Pettitte, does the team program workout, goes to the weight room, leaves, plays 18 holes of golf and finally meets (trainer) Brian McNamee at 6 .. . . and a few other players –for another workout. It’s incredible how much energy Roger has.’

According to McNamee, Clemens advised him in August 2001 that he was again ready to use steroids. Shortly thereafter, McNamee injected Clemens with Sustanon or Deca-Durabolin on four to five occasions at Clemens’s apartment. According to McNamee, he again obtained these drugs from Kirk Radomski. McNamee concluded from Clemens’s statements and conduct that Clemens did not like using human growth hormone (Clemens told him that he did not like the “bellybutton shot”). To McNamee’s knowledge, Clemens did not use human growth hormone in 2001.”

The report continues on page 172:

“It was Clemens who made the decision when he would use anabolic steroids or human growth hormone. McNamee stated that he tried to educate Clemens about these substances; he ‘gave him as much information as possible.’”

Clemens offered this explanation on his official website in late December:

On Thursday, three days before the 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace, it is revealed that Clemens now claims that McNamee did inject him “with the painkiller lidocaine and the vitamin B-12 – not any performance-enhancing drugs.”

So what questions should Mike Wallace ask Clemens? Here are a few suggestions:

What is your exact relationship with Brian McNamee during your time in Major League Baseball?

Will you testify under oath, in a court of law or before Congress, that you did not use illegal performance enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, at any time in your baseball career?

Do you plan to sue Brian McNamee for liable or slander when he said, under pressure from the federal government, that he injected you with performance enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, at any time in your baseball career?

Did you know of the use of steroids and the culture of their use in Major League Baseball? If so, why did you not offer to help with the Mitchell investigation and testify for the investigation of steroids and the culture of their use in Major League Baseball?

I plan on taking an open-minded approach to the interview and should have some sort of a reaction on Monday or Tuesday.