List of Major League Baseball players named in the Mitchell Report

The List of Major League Baseball players named in the Mitchell Report includes active and former Major League players as well as free agents. The Mitchell Report is the result of former US Senator George J. Mitchell's ( DME) 20-month investigation into performance-enhancing drug use in Major League Baseball (MLB). It was released December 13, 2007.

The following is a list of the Major League Baseball players named in the Mitchell Report. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Inclusion on the list does not necessarily mean the player was involved in illegal activity. In some instances, insufficient evidence was provided to draw a conclusion, and some players were mentioned in other contexts.

The Mitchell Report also stated that interviews were requested of five MLB players who had spoken out publicly on the steroid issue. Of these players, only one, Frank Thomas, was willing to be interviewed. The Mitchell Report stated that there was no evidence that any of these five had used performance-enhancing drugs. Curt Schilling, one of the four players who declined to interview with Mitchell, explained that he denied Mitchell's request because he "would have nothing to offer" Mitchell's investigation "other than personal opinion and hypotheticals." [6]

Jason Giambi was required to interview with Mitchell and his investigators by Commissioner Bud Selig under threat of discipline. This stemmed from Giambi's ongoing involvement with the BALCO investigation and statements he had given to the media.

Implicated in the BALCO Scandal (9)

Major League players that were active at the time of the report are listed in bold italics.

Player Mitchell Report allegation Post-report player response Career status following report
Marvin Benard "After [Dusty] Baker learned of the allegations, he asked Benard if they were true. According to Baker, Benard admitted he had used steroids previously but said that he had stopped." [7] Last played in 2003.
Barry Bonds Peter Magowan said in an interview that during a phone conversation he once asked Barry Bonds if he took steroids. Bonds replied that he used a substance for sleeping problems and arthritis. Magowan says Bonds claimed he did not try to hide his use of the substance from the rest of his team. [8] Did not play in Major leagues following 2007 season. See also Barry Bonds perjury case.
Bobby Estalella Ellen Harrigan, an administrator in the Dodgers' scouting department, kept notes of a Dodgers meeting to discuss the possible signing of Estalella. Among the comments she recorded was an observation by one of the participants that Estalella was a "poster boy for the chemicals." [9] Last played in 2004. Agreed to testify against Barry Bonds.
Jason Giambi In 2002, Greg Anderson, Jason Giambi's personal trainer, arranged a blood test for Giambi in which the player tested positive for Deca-Durabolin. Anderson warned Giambi to stop using that substance because it remains detectable long after use. He suggested an alternative regimen of performance-enhancing drugs that, if followed, would never be detected by the MLB's tests, which were to begin in 2003. [10] Continued playing, retired February 16, 2015, with the Cleveland Indians.
Jeremy Giambi Jeremy Giambi told the Kansas City Star that he used steroids while in MLB, and apologized. [11] Last played in 2003. Plans to testify against Barry Bonds
Armando Ríos Ríos was included in a client list that Victor Conte gave to federal agents following a raid on his BALCO establishment. [12] Last played in 2003.
Benito Santiago In 2003, a Giants clubhouse attendant found syringes in Santiago's locker. He brought them to Stan Conte, the Giants' trainer, who replied saying he "would take care of it". The attendant recalled that assistant trainer Dave Groeschner also was present at the time. [13] Last played in 2005.
Gary Sheffield A Sheffield FedEx receipt to BALCO in February 2003 was cited by federal agents for their search warrant on Greg Anderson's condominium. [14] Last played in 2009.
Randy Velarde Velarde admitted through his lawyer that he obtained performance-enhancing substances from Greg Anderson in 2003. [15] Last played in 2002.