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Star players named in Mitchell Report

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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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It's all about the Benjamins

It's all about the Benjamins. With professional sports being so competitive, with multi million dollar endorsements, fame and fortune, OF COURSE the players are going to do what ever they can to out perform the others, and to win, whether it is legal or not. It is not just baseball, it is ALL sports, even high school sports. Heck, probably middle school too. I believe all this hype for sports has gone too far. I played sports in school, and I loved it. Now, I have no interest what so ever for sports, and I will tell you my life is even better than when I used to waste hours upon hours sitting in front of the tube or sitting on a hard bleacher screaming my head off. If fans did not treat these "humans" as gods, and did not support them in the ways they do, they would have no reason to try and be super humans, or should I say super gods of the game. If they wait on me to lend my support so they can make tens of millions per year, they will wait a long time. They take these illegal drugs so they can perform for you, the fans, and to get the BIG Benjamins, fame and fortune that you make possible for them to reap. So don't blame them, it is not entirely their fault.

Let them ALL use steroids

The games will be more entertaining and exciting. If a twenty-something keels over from a brain aneurysm or several of the players die while slugging it out with bats on home plate, they can be viewed as "occupational hazards." For five million a year, a guy should be able to knock a baseball into next week!

ditto!

ditto!

Steroids!!!

Steroids are an unfair advantage for athletes and steroids are deadly. Steroids help people heal quicker after a rigeroud workout. They also help athletes hulk up quicker than athletes that are smart enough not to take them. Steroids also kill. Anabolic steroids cause cancer, remember Lyle Alzedo? I cant believe there are people that believe steroids should be overlooked.

We used to make fun of the

We used to make fun of the Soviet Union for their athletes using performance enhancing drugs. I guess we can make fun of baseball now. No surprise that these guys are using steroids. I think Babe Ruth would have had triple the amount of home runs if he used steroids because he was that good unlike the players nowadays. They need drugs just to tie the Babe.

We only really made fun of

We only really made fun of the women, who had mustaches and sounded like Andre the Giant.

HUUH?

Huuh? *scratching hairy armpit*