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Paul Lo Duca's in the Report

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"He's a winner. He's always won. It's what he does....That's what this game is about. It's not about statistics, this isn't fantasy baseball, it's about winning baseball games."

Etc. Although I suppose there's no point in pointing fingers on a nasty day like this. And I guess human growth hormone wasn't technically against the rules. From The Mitchell Report:

Radomski produced copies of three checks from Lo Duca, each in the amount of $3,200. All are included in the Appendix. Radomski said that each check was in payment for two kits of human growth hormone. Lo Duca's name, with an address and telephone number, is listed in the address book seized from Radomski's residence by federal agents. During that search, federal agents also seized a note from Lo Duca to Radomski....

According to the notes of an internal discussion among Los Angeles Dodgers officials in October 2003 that were referred to above, it was reportedly said of Lo Duca during the meetings:

Steroids aren't being used anymore on him. Big part of this. Might have some value to trade . . . Florida might have interest.. . . Got off the steroids . . . Took away a lot of hard line drives.. . . Can get comparable value back would consider trading. . . . If you do trade him, will get back on the stuff and try to show you he can have a good year. That's his makeup. Comes to play. Last year of contract, playing for 05.

Etc. Like I said, it wasn't against the rules, but tell me again about Lastings Milledge's baggage?

UPDATE: Plus Nook Logan! No!

UPDATE: Plus at least 14 current and former Orioles, according to City Paper also rounded up the locals.

UPDATE: The Lo Duca PDF's.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 13, 2007; 2:19 PM ET
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The only thing this report proves is that these guys were all idiots or that it was so common that nobody gave a crap. The number of receipts, checks, phone numbers and open transactions these guys did was incredible.

Good job Selig! you must have conveniently forgot to include drug testing when you "negotiated" with the players Union back in 94.

F'ing Idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 13, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

That's it? That's what all that time and money was wasted on? The Mitchell report tells us nothing we didn't already know about the culture of baseball and just exists to serve our sense of schadenfreude by naming some names. It was a waste of Mitchells time, baseballs time, and our time.

Posted by: Ernie | December 13, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Mitchell couldn't get more because, surprise, the players union refused to cooperate and the current players followed suit. Additionally, I don't think Selig and company REALLY wanted a full blown expose - instead it was all about naming the easiest names to placate the masses and then using this report to "move on." I think we aren't going to get any more than this - I just hope that the bigtime users get kept out of the HOF (Clemens, Bonds, etc).

Unfortunately this is only the tip of the iceberg - but MAYBE, just maybe, we can finally institute real testing procedures.

Posted by: Icantfeelmyface | December 13, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Having skimmed the report, I'm also not seeing anything new or damning. It's pretty obvious this report will have some legs in the media though. Some names came out, but what does that really do? I don't get why so many people who are sport's experts are surprised there was mass steroid use when people have said for years there was mass steroid use and people looked the other way. Some people talk about back-in-the-day when there were bowls of pills in the clubhouse and nothing was thought of it. That's a little different than a needle in the ass, but it's still drugs whether a performance enhancer or something for faster heal times.

Posted by: sitruc | December 13, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Icantfeelmyface, the players union definitely isn't going to like that some players weren't interviewed before going in the report.

Posted by: sitruc | December 13, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey what a big suprise, no current Red Sox players.

Posted by: Graham | December 13, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I knew Elijah Dukes was a good guy.

Posted by: onside kick | December 13, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Sitruc, the players union won't like them being named - PERIOD. My understanding is that Mitchell attempted to interview many players - but NONE wished to speak with him. It was basically an unwritten code...Giambi only spoke with Mitchell b/c Selig forced him to do so.

But you are probably right, now that the report is out they can diminish its credibility by claiming that no players were interviewed! The Players Union makes me sick.

Posted by: Icantfeelmyface | December 13, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

all that juice and you still can't hit. seeya, "exavier".

Posted by: nuked logan | December 13, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

When exactly did the steroids start working for the current or former Washington Nationals players listed in the Mitchell Report?

Posted by: | December 13, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

B/c I'm over Lo Duca already. I want a team I can feel good about. Lo Duca has ruined that already! Sign ANYONE else or play Flores - give Lo Duca a needle and kick him outta the house!

Posted by: Are there any other good Catchers we can Sign? | December 13, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

If mainstream baseball fans hadn't gone along with this culture of willful silence, owners and players would never have been able to get away with it for so many years.

Posted by: Everett W. | December 14, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Nook Logan clearly does not know how to use HGH. Or maybe he got Human Skinny Hormone instead.

Posted by: Andrew from Colonial Hoops | December 14, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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