Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mitchell Report Live-Blog? Why Not

(Updated at 8:29pm)

The Mitchell Report is going to be released/announced at 2pm today (ESPN had me fooled for awhile; their *coverage* starts at 1pm, but God knows I'm not watching an hour of Skip Bayless discussing steroids). I really don't care all that much, but I figure something interesting is bound to happen, so I'll be live-blogging it. Don't expect any brilliant insight, but stop by a little before 2pm eastern.

10:51 Apparently, Roger Clemens is going to be named in the report. Off to an excellent start already.

11:04 MLBTR reports that "the Yankees are in for a bad day (but Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are not in the report)".

11:22 I really like this picture, on's front page right now:

This is not a man to be taken lightly.

11:33 According to some source, "[n]o Mets from the current 40-man roster are named."

11:42 Deadspin has what may be the list. There is one name that stands out. A lot. And it ain't the shirtless guy in the picture.

12:45 ESPN has a very, very lose definition of "breaking news".

Also, shockingly, that original list probably isn't entirely accurate: "A high-ranking MLB official said there are several errors in the list provided to by two sources."

Thankfully we have Skip Bayless and Steve Phillips to guide us through these trying times.

1:22 Case in point: "Commissioner Bud Selig expected to speak at 4:30 ET" is decidedly not breaking news.

1:25 I am currently flipping between ESPN and this fat camp show on MTV, which is absolutely compelling television.

1:27 Heyman has more names. Nothing terribly shocking.

1:30 The Twins have signed Adam Everett, after he was non-tendered by the Astros yesterday. So it looks like their middle infield will be Everett (.248/.299/.356 career line) and Nick Punto (.245/.314/.321). Terrifying.

1:47 Dan Wetzel on Clemens:
"[Clemens and Bonds] are just two guys who had it all, foolishly went for more, and have now lost everything."

Really, now?

1:49 Jose Canseco is in attendance. Fantastic.

1:56 Jeremy Schapp has the report. It looks long.

Roger Clemens took steroids. Once again- this is news?

1:57 People who wrote checks to Radomski: Paul LoDuca, Denny Neagle, Fernando Vina, David Segui, Miguel Tejada, Rondell White.

Schapp could not have possibly done a worse job on this.

1:59 Here comes George Mitchell.

2:01 Apparently Cossack said "Priestley" instead of "Grimsley". Now that is funny.

Oh, and Mitchell is talking and saying nothing of interest. They're going to post the entire report on though.

2:06 That was quick. Here it is (.pdf file).

2:15 No Pujols, it looks like. (The above link opens it up in an internet window; there's no actual list, but plenty of names.)

Marvin Bernard
Barry Bonds
Bobby Estalella
Jason Giambi
Jeremy Giambi
Benito Santiago
Gary Sheffield
Randy Velarde (!)
Lenny Dykstra
David Segui
Larry Bigbie
Brian Roberts
Jack Cust
Tim Laker
Josias Manzanillo
Todd Hundley
Hal Morris
Matt Franco
Rondell White
Roger Clemens
Andy Pettitte
Chuck Knoblauch
Jason Grimsley
Gregg Zaun
David Justice
F.P. Santangelo
Glenallen Hill
Mo Vaughn
Denny Neagle
Ron Villone
Ryan Franklin
Chris Donnels
Todd Williams
Phil Hiatt
Todd Pratt
Kevin Young
Mike Lansing
Cody McKay
Kent Mercker
Adam Piatt
Miguel Tejada
Jason Christiansen
Stephen Randolph
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Paul Lo Duca
Adam Riggs
Fernando Vina
Kevin Brown
Eric Gagne
Mike Bell
Matt Herges
Gary Bennett Jr.
Jim Parque
Brendan Donnelly
Chad Allen
Jeff Williams
Howie Clark
Nook Logan (!)

2:23 Internet Purchases:

2:26 Prediction: in a week (if that), everybody is going to have forgotten about this.

2:30 This link might be more helpful.

3:01 I've lost interest. What have we really learned? Steroids were (and are) bad, and ran rampant. More testing would be good. Nothing terrible groundbreaking here, is there?

3:16 AA has Cossack's 90210 slip-up. Nate Silver also has a post on Unfiltered.

6:33 Apparently, Roger Clemens is denying this whole thing.

Of course he is.

8:25 The fun never ends. The Sporting Blog has the "Anti-Mitchell Report", and apparently Jose Canseco wasn't allowed in the press conference.

Leitch sums it up well:
"But honestly: This is what MLB paid $20 million for? This took nearly two years? Essentially, Sen. Mitchell has two sources, a bunch of media reports, Jose Canseco's book and every player in baseball (save two) ignoring his requests to talk. The only reason Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte are in here is because they were unfortunate enough to have acquaintances who had no choice but to talk. The report has brought us no closer, because nothing possibly could. We don't think this is going to bring us any closure, because the report is so obviously not comprehensive."

8:29 FJM has five new Mitchell Report-related posts; I'm not about to link to all of them, but you should go there.


  1. Clemens AND Pettite. Nice, from the Tribe fan in me, but bad for baseball. Today's gonna be ugly...

  2. There's too much hilarious shit going on with this. Does this mean Vina won't be on baseball tonight anymore?

    A member of the SomethingAwful forums said:
    Kruk is going to be named and when they cut back to the studio, all you're going to see is a spinning chair.

    Which has me in hysterics.

  3. Hmm, I don't see a list in that PDF. _Where's the list? Where's the list?_ NAMES!!!!!!!!!!1

  4. why leave ankiel in there, he was investigated and found to be using them for medicinal, correctly perscribed purposes. this is bullshit. that and pujols better not be on the real list or imma flip out, not from surprise, but simply anger. the man is quite large but still he's not allowed to be a juicer. and leave kile alone, the man's been dead for years now, come on. show some fucking decency.

  5. If you're looking for names in the PDF they begin around p. 160 and you can read a description of the player and how they are implicated.

  6. Barry Bonds? Say it isn't so.

  7. I don't think people are exposed to actually hearing the people in our government speaking that often. I don't know if people realize that they're this idiotic and boring pretty much all the time.

  8. What a waste of time, and no Jay Bell.

  9. Yeah this was very reminiscent of cspan congressional hearings.

    How anticlimactic.

    Well there aren't any real surprising names on there.

    Ughh Tim Kurkjian is speaking now. My god he sounds like a wet blanket when he talks.

  10. hooray, no *important* cardinals. at least not yet. brian roberts is a little surprising, cust is obvious and gange's sudden fall makes a LOT of sense now. all in all, who cares. oh, and who remembers vina bashing steroid users on baseball tonight a whie ago. this is hilarious.

  11. Supposedly the methods of acquiring Brian Roberts' information was particularly iffy, and that's the one that's least certain.

  12. Kerry Wood is very unsurprising. Remember that big beefy 6-5, 260lb frame he was rocking when he tossed 20 strikeouts at age 20? That was in 1998.

    It has been nearly 10 years since he did that and now weighs in at 220 (or 225 depending on what site you check out).