Thursday, December 13, 2007
11 ex-Dbacks named in report, steroids found in clubhouse in 2000
PHOENIX -- Matt Williams and Troy Glaus head a list of 14
former players in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization linked to
steroids use in the Mitchell Report released Thursday.
Another ex-player named in the report, Mike Bell, was manager at
Class A Yakima, a Diamondbacks' affiliate, last season.
The Williams and Glaus stories were old news.
Williams' information in the report relied solely on an article
published in the San Francisco Chronicle last month. Glaus' case
had been detailed by Sports Illustrated. The Mitchell document had
no new information on either player.
No current members of the Diamondbacks were mentioned in the
The report chronicles the discovery of a bottle containing
steroids in the Diamondbacks clubhouse in September 2000.
A clubhouse employee found the bottle and several hundred pills
in a package that had been mailed to the clubhouse for slugger Alex
Cabrera, the report said.
Then-general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. sent the material to the
commissioners office, which passed it on to the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration to be analyzed. The bottle contained
stanozol, an injectible form of steroids. The pills were
over-the-counter diet pills, according to the report.
By the time the tests were completed, Cabrera's contract had
been sold to the Seibu Lions of the Japan League, the report said.
As part of the subsequent probe, the commissioners office, with
the help of private investigators, determined that players with the
Double-A El Paso Diablos, then an affiliate of the Diamondbacks,
regularly crossed the border into Mexico to purchase steroids,
according to the Mitchell findings.
The MLB security department held training sessions for minor
league teams in El Paso, Wichita and Tulsa to warn of the dangers
of steroids and "of hangers-on who might facilitate illegal
purchase of steroids," the report said.
Other players with Diamondbacks connections named in the report
are Jack Cust, Jason Grimsley, Chris Donnels, Stephen Randolph,
Jose Guillan, Matt Herges, Jim Parque, Bobby Estalella, Ron Villone
and Darren Holmes.
Bell, whose playing career was almost all in the minor leagues,
told Mitchell investigators he purchased one order of human growth
hormone in the 2003 off-season from then-New York Mets clubhouse
attendant Kirk Radomski.
In a conference call, Diamondbacks general partner Ken Kendrick
said the club would follow any directions given by commissioner Bud
Selig regarding Williams and Bell.
Most of the players connected with the Diamondbacks in the
report played only briefly for Arizona or were in the
organization's minor league system.
"Of course you'd prefer not any of your players be mentioned,
but in the end it's sad any players were caught in this," Kendrick
said. "We're certainly thankful that we as a club and our players
played a very limited role."
He called it "a difficult day for all of us who love the game,
but a necessary day."
Williams, a former all-star and member of the Diamondbacks' 2001
World Series championship team, was identified as an alleged
purchaser of steroids, human growth hormone, syringes and other
drugs from a Florida rejuvenation center in two orders, on March 9
and May 8 of 2002. The Mitchell Report's sole source was a Nov. 6
article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Williams said he purchased
the items in 2002 to help with an ankle injury.
Williams, now a special assistant to Kendrick, said he did not
know the prescription for the drugs was written by a dentist, who
also wrote prescriptions for major leaguers Guillen and Paul Byrd.
Guillen played in 54 games for the Diamondbacks in the 2002 season.
Glaus signed with Arizona as a free agent but played just one
season for the Diamondbacks, in 2005. The report, citing a Sports
Illustrated article, said Glaus purchased steroids from the same
Florida pharmacy that was the source of Williams' drugs. Glaus was
traded to Toronto after the season for second baseman Orlando
Hudson and pitcher Miguel Batista.
The Mitchell Report also recounted federal agents' tracing of a
shipment of two "kits" of human growth hormone to Grimsley's
Scottsdale, Ariz., home in April 2006. Grimsley, then a
Diamondbacks reliever, initially cooperated with the agents, then
changed his mind. Federal agents executed a search warrant of
Grimsley's home on June 6, 2006, and the Diamondbacks released him
the following day.
The report said Grimsley refused a request by commissioner Bud
Selig to appear for an interview "to deny and/or explain the
statements that you gave federal investigators." Selig suspended
Grimsley for 50 games, effective if the pitcher ever returned to