12/13/07 8:25 PM ET
Five ex-Twins linked to Mitchell Report
Knoblauch among alleged transgressors of drug policy
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Knoblauch, a four-time All-Star and Rookie of the Year with the Twins in 1991, was also implicated in the report through Radomski. Former Yankees assistant strength coach Brian McNamee said he purchased human growth hormone from Radomski for Knoblauch in 2001. McNamee then said he injected Knoblauch at least seven to nine times with the HGH from the beginning of Spring Training until the early part of the season that year.The only one of the former Twins indicated in the report who appears to have used while a member of the organization is Naulty. A 14th-round Draft pick for the Twins in 1992 who pitched for the club from 1996-98, Naulty admitted to using steroids off and on for seven years. It was a span that began before the 1993 Minor League season because he needed to put on weight. After he began using the substances, Naulty said he reported to Spring Training having gained 20 pounds and throwing five miles per hour harder. Naulty was quoted as saying in the report that he went "from an A-ball pitcher to a Major League prospect in a matter of two years." Despite the early feedback, Naulty also said in interviews that he believes his use of steroids made him prone to injuries. He expressed remorse over using steroids when speaking with Mitchell and told him, "if I could give back a little bit of something good then I would like to."
Howie Clark, who signed a Minor League deal with the Twins last month, also was named in the Mitchell Report.
Several high-profile, superstar-caliber players were among those named in the Mitchell Report, the product of a 21-month, multimillion dollar investigation that could shape decisions, prompt punitive actions against active players, and usher in the next era of the sport.
Free agent Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees, Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros, Eric Gagne of the Milwaukee Brewers and Paul Lo Duca of the Washington Nationals were among the most prominent former and current All-Stars to be mentioned in the lengthy report, which spans 311 pages, plus multiple exhibits, including evidence of signed checks, handwritten notes and shipping receipts.
The players listed in the paragraph above are by no means the only players listed in the report, but in MLB.com's first, quick, review of the document, those names stood out by their notoriety. Our coverage will continue minute-by-minute through the course of the proceedings and for the foreseeable future thereafter, but the entire report is available for viewing here at MLB.com.
While the report detailed drug use in baseball by naming those accused, the report also contained 19 separate recommendations for the sport to move forward from this point, proceeding after a culture of steroids and performance enhancement grew exponentially in the late 1990s.
Mitchell's report named both Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association in assigning blame, charging leadership -- from the Commissioner to club owners and general managers -- for allowing the issue to proliferate.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.