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Star players named in Mitchell Report

NEW YORK (AP) -- There are seven MVPs and 31 All-Stars among the 85 players mentioned in the Mitchell Report, which was released yesterday following a 20-month investigation into drug use in baseball. » Download the report here (PDF, new window) Many of those players wore a major league uniform this year, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. Gary Sheffield and Miguel Tejada also are among the active major leaguers who have been linked to Human Growth Hormone or steroids. George Mitchell made several suggestions that could rid the sport of rampant drug use. Commissioner Bud Selig agreed that changes are needed, while union Donald Fehr says he's ready to talk about them. Mitchell says "everyone involved in baseball over the past two decades" -- including commissioners, club officials, the players' association and players -- shares the responsibility to some extent. He adds that "there was a collective failure to recognize the problem as it emerged and to deal with it early on." Mitchell recommends that the drug-testing program be made independent, that substances for which players test positive be listed periodically and that the timing of testing be more unpredictable. Mitchell doesn't feel the need to hand out punishment for past violations except in the most egregious cases. He said it should be up to Selig to decide whether any of the players should be disciplined. Selig says Mitchell's report "is a call to action, and I shall act." He says when it comes time to determine any punishment for those players named in the report, he will take each player on a case-by-case basis. Selig adds he remains committed to finding a way to detect the use of HGH and points out how baseball and the NFL are funding research into the matter. His next act will be to meet with the leadership of the baseball union as soon as possible to work on the recommendations of the report. Fehr gave no hint of any course of action from the players, often saying in his news conference yesterday he didn't want to comment until he read the report. Fehr said he's not against looking at revamping the current collective bargaining agreement in the area of drug testing. He admitted everybody in baseball could have done more in correcting the use of performance enhancing drugs. But he also wasn't pleased to see names of players in the report. Clemens was singled out in nearly nine pages, 82 references by name. Clemens, Pettitte, Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Chuck Knoblauch and Mike Stanton are among 16 former and current Yankees named in the report. An attorney for Clemens says it was wrong that the pitcher's name was included in the Mitchell Report. Rusty Hardin says Clemens is left with no meaningful way to combat the allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Hardin says Clemens denies ever using any banned substance. Much of the information on Clemens came from former New York Yankees major league strength and conditioning coach Brian McNamee. Hardin calls McNamee a "troubled man."

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