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June 07, 2006

Human growth hormone supplier investigated: Jason Grimsley was granted his unconditional release from the Arizona Diamondbacks today. And the reason why could lead to great discomfort for some players around the league.

posted by vito90 to baseball at 02:47 PM - 56 comments

ESPN radio, through Dan Patrick, is reporting that Grimsley is "naming names". Having played for six teams in 17 years, he may have plenty to name.

posted by vito90 at 02:49 PM on June 07

This is going to be big. SmokingGun's got the affidavit.

posted by jerseygirl at 03:06 PM on June 07

It sounds like something from a movie. The cops show up with a search warrant right after he had an illegal substance delivered. He agrees to cooperate in exchange for the cops being discrete. He names names. Then, he returns to real life, wakes up, and gets a lawyer.

posted by bperk at 03:08 PM on June 07

That's a lot of names covered by black ink.

posted by trox at 03:15 PM on June 07

Good supplement there jerseygirl, thanks. The guy heading the investigation was also involved in the Balco stuff.

posted by vito90 at 03:17 PM on June 07

The Smoking Gun piece ends with this: "[Grimsley's] teammates have included Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Jose Canseco, and Roger Clemens." In mid-May, on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, fill-in co-host Jason Whitlock suggested that before signing with a MLB club for the 2006 season, Clemens would "wait for the steroid thing to blow over." Dan LeBatard, the other fill-in, was aghast that Whitlock would just toss that accusation out there. In a blurb I read somewhere online (sorry, I hate it when people do that too), there is some buzz about the fact Clemens only returned to baseball after 50 regular season games, which would be -- sez the buzz -- the penalty for getting caught for 'roid use. I hope that the rumors aren't true. If the two statistically greatest players in the league (and surefire Hall of Famers) are found to be cheaters, it will be a body blow baseball will be feeling for years to come.

posted by L.N. Smithee at 03:34 PM on June 07

No surprises. I think we all could imagine this happening. I expect to see some big names soon.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:35 PM on June 07

We all thought Balco was going to be big because it implicated some of the biggest athletes in their respective sports. But while the same evidence ended careers for athletes in other sports, it didn't even rate an * in MLB. If it weren't for the threats from Congress, MLB wouldn't be testing for roids even now. What I can't wait for is all the fanatics to post that because baseball does not test for HGH, then the player hasn't done anything wrong.

posted by irunfromclones at 03:58 PM on June 07

That's a lot of names. Yikes.

posted by igottheblues at 04:01 PM on June 07

Is Grimsley any good?

posted by garfield at 04:06 PM on June 07

Smithee: the "blurb" might have been my outlandish conspiracy theory in this thread, but any logical foundation to it was dismantled pretty handily by grum@work. I suggested it as a lark -- it's pretty unlikely. (That said, if it comes out that there's truth to it, I reserve the right to say I called it!) Did anyone else play "MadLibs" with the affidavit? That was fun. Other sluggers who teamed with Grimsley (note: I am making no accusations at all, just observations) -- Jim Thome, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Eddie Murray, John Kruk, Darren Daulton, Dale Murphy, Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds, Tim Salmon, Chili Davis, Tino Martinez, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Mike Sweeney, Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, Miguel Tejada. Please no Jeter. Please no Jeter. Please no Jeter. Please no Jeter. Mostly unrelated but interesting fact: Grimsley admitted a while ago to being the guy who broke into the umpire's dressing room to steal the illegal bat that was confiscated from Albert Belle and switch in a legal bat.

posted by BullpenPro at 04:10 PM on June 07

ESPN radio...is reporting that Grimsley is "naming names". Shit, read that Smokinggun.com piece. Not only is he naming names, he's making phone calls with the feds present and consenting to having the calls recorded. Grimsley knows he's fucked eight ways to Sunday, and he's going to do anything at this point to avoid a federal prison sentence that will dwarf his major league tenure. Is Grimsley any good? Career 4.76 ERA, I'd say not good enough, considering the trouble he's about to be in.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:12 PM on June 07

BREAKING NEWS- Grimsley admits medications were really meant for erectile dysfunction, delivered at home to avoid team mates heckling. Other players named also suffered from ED. Grimsley complains Viagra isn't covered under MLB health plan and these were the best "substitutes".

posted by irunfromclones at 04:12 PM on June 07

Please no Jeter. Please no Jeter. Please no Jeter. Please no Jeter. 90% of me wants him to be clean (the part that likes sports heroes and such) and 9% of me want hims to be in trouble (the part that likes to see the rabid anti-Bonds crowd commit hari-kari because their paragon of virtue has been sullied). The other 1%? It's too busy deciding if I want to even bother with this story when it comes out completely.

posted by grum@work at 04:18 PM on June 07

I think it is more likely that he is naming the names of pitchers than hitters. It seems that a disproportionate amount of players actually caught using PEDs have been pitchers. The penalties for distributing steroids are so laughably light (see BALCO) that Grimsley would have been better off taking his punishment then ratting out other players.

posted by bperk at 04:19 PM on June 07

BPP - i also played madlibs with the list, but you forgot to list pitchers. people focus on the sluggers bc of bonds and the HR fiasco, but doesn't it make sense that pitchers (especially overworked relief pitchers?) might be using this stuff even more regularly for healing purposes? edit: damn you bperk and your fast fingers.

posted by ninjavshippo at 04:19 PM on June 07

That said, if it comes out that there's truth to it, I reserve the right to say I called it!) And I reserve the right to declare myself "Champion of the Wrong Side of History".

posted by grum@work at 04:19 PM on June 07

hey grum, what about those of us who don't care for jeter as a bastion of righteousness and dislike bonds? the old 6-4-2?

posted by ninjavshippo at 04:21 PM on June 07

garfield: Is Grimsley any good? You know that schmutz that you see on your car before you wash it, and after you wash your car, you dry it, polish it, you think the schmutz is gone. Then, the next morning, you go to your car, and the schmutz is back! You think, "How can that possibly still be there?" That's what Grimsley is like. I have no idea why this a righthander with his numbers has lasted a decade and a half in the Major Leagues.

posted by L.N. Smithee at 04:39 PM on June 07

BPP - i also played madlibs with the list, but you forgot to list pitchers. people focus on the sluggers bc of bonds and the HR fiasco, but doesn't it make sense that pitchers (especially overworked relief pitchers?) might be using this stuff even more regularly for healing purposes? Yeah, but sluggers are more fun. I mean, really, what overworked relief pitcher could Grimsley possibly... OH MY GOD!!! Please no Rivera. Please no Rivera. Please no Rivera. Please no Rivera. hey grum, what about those of us who don't care for jeter as a bastion of righteousness and dislike bonds? For that matter, what of those who do hold Jeter as a bastion of righteousness, but respect Bonds even in the face of all the allegations?

posted by BullpenPro at 04:39 PM on June 07

I have no idea why this a righthander with his numbers has lasted a decade and a half in the Major Leagues. I think we all know why how he's lasted this long in the Bigs now. Don't worry, though. Now that he has to "cycle down," his body will start to fall apart. Hey, any chance we can get a C.S.I. team to take a look underneath those black marks on that affidavit?

posted by wingnut4life at 04:49 PM on June 07

but respect Bonds even in the face of all the allegations? I take it you also believe in the tooth fairy, the easter bunny, and UFO's.

posted by irunfromclones at 04:54 PM on June 07

thanks Smithee.

posted by garfield at 05:02 PM on June 07

No way are Jeter and Rivera going to be exposed for roids use. Christmas is, like, six months away. Did you see the part in the affadavit where Grimsley says [name deleted] was one of his best friends in baseball, and then he rats the guy out in the very next sentence? Class act.

posted by Venicemenace at 05:13 PM on June 07

Class act. i think the boys club rules of don't tell our secrets kind of go out the window when you're being investigated by the feds for serious charges. it's one thing to keep quiet about your buddy cheating on his girlfriend. quite a different thing with violations of those darn federal drug statutes.

posted by ninjavshippo at 05:17 PM on June 07

I suppose you're right, Officer....

posted by Venicemenace at 05:23 PM on June 07

Grim(sley) mess Front page on ESPN.com. I think someone just added JP4 to an already out of control wildfire.

posted by irunfromclones at 05:24 PM on June 07

i think we're IN TROUBLE! ollie...what a fine mess you've gotten us into.

posted by tommytrump at 05:49 PM on June 07

Worth repeating: But baseball doesn't test for HGH, because (at least for now) there is no effective test that accurately detects HGH, and because the players' union has never been willing to allow any kind of blood testing -- the only kind of testing that eventually will work for HGH. Also, if I could just make a small plea for accuracy in terminology: HGH is not a steroid. And finally, some irresponsible speculation from Slate about Pujols, Clemens, and Giambi ... from a week ago.

posted by Amateur at 06:39 PM on June 07

irunfromclones: Front page on ESPN.com. I think someone just added JP4 to an already out of control wildfire. Somewhere, Jose Canseco is saying "Burn, baby, burn!"

posted by L.N. Smithee at 06:44 PM on June 07

BullpenPro: ...Darren Daulton... It wouldn't surprise me. Daulton's been on some sort of sorta stuff for a while.

posted by L.N. Smithee at 06:49 PM on June 07

I was reading columns on this issue and once again, Jeff Passan has written an excellent one on the Grimsley matter. He chronicles the difficulty in testing for Human Growth Hormone. It's a great read on the subject. As for this whole mess, well, the lid's about to be blown off the pot, so to speak. This might be the big one everybody's been waiting for in terms of names. In this world we live in, as you all know, nothing stays unleaked for long. It's only a matter of time before the names come out.

posted by donnnnychris at 07:10 PM on June 07

New theme song for MLB: "Because I Got Hgh."

posted by curtangle at 08:53 PM on June 07

curtangle: New theme song for MLB: "Because I Got Hgh." LOL! Good one!

posted by L.N. Smithee at 09:33 PM on June 07

donnnnychris: I was reading columns on this issue and once again, Jeff Passan has written an excellent one on the Grimsley matter. He chronicles the difficulty in testing for Human Growth Hormone. It's a great read on the subject. Get a load of the sponsored links below Passan's excellent piece. Holy irony, Batman! (If you don't know what I mean by that, refresh the page. You'll get it.)

posted by L.N. Smithee at 09:45 PM on June 07

Note all the information in this report about the widespread use of amphetamines. Any full investigation of baseball and PEDs is going to reveal that 90% of MLB has been on illegal PEDS since 1970. People who want to see the full list of baseball players taking PEDs revealed should just take a look at the Baseball Encyclopedia and start with A. And I'm not sure what baseball can do about hgh. As others have said, there is no reliable test for it at this point. Peple have been saying that there would be a reliable test "soon" for quite a while now, and everyone is still waiting.

posted by spira at 10:20 PM on June 07

Thanks, L.N.--LOL at the Daulton article! Darren sounds like he's on 1 (11) all right!

posted by curtangle at 10:21 PM on June 07

Yet another on-point Passan article--thanks donnnnychris. RE: L.N.'s last post--*whistles dixie*

posted by curtangle at 10:32 PM on June 07

I'm not so sure that a ton of names are going to be publicized here. The prosecutors allowed all the BALCO defendants a plea bargain that didn't require them to release any names. Grimsley could do the same thing and they may never release those names. As for what MLB can do, I don't think they should test for HGH without a more accurate test.

posted by bperk at 08:15 AM on June 08

A couple of comments from this article in todays NY Times: The affidavit details what Grimsley told investigators about drug use in clubhouses, including his description of coffee pots labeled "leaded" and "unleaded" to indicate which ones were laced with amphetamines. He also said that amphetamines were called "greenies" or "beans" and were widely used because "they work." According to the document, he said: "Everybody had greenies. That's like aspirin." Grimsley told investigators that "Latin players" had boxes of drugs and were major sources of amphetamines. He also said that players from teams based in California could easily buy drugs in Mexico and sell them to players from other cities. Major League Baseball has announced plans to finance a three-year, $500,000 project with U.C.L.A. that is designed to develop a urine test for human growth hormone. Dr. Gary I. Wadler, a New York University medical professor and steroid expert, criticized baseball officials for not pushing to use blood samples to test for human growth hormone. Baseball officials have cited privacy laws in not seeking blood tests. Being a "fair weather" fan of baseball myself I enjoy the HR races and assalts on different records. I think PED's of some form or fashion have been a part of the game since day one. And yes BPP

posted by Folkways at 09:06 AM on June 08

damn premature post pushing To finish my train of thought, yes BPP this does include players like Jeter, Rivera, and even Bonds. I Don't know the solution, or even if there is one that will satisfy the majority of fans, players, coaches, and owners. I just hope they figure it out soon so we can go back to just watching games and rooting for the guys that chase the records.

posted by Folkways at 09:41 AM on June 08

ESPN has this article, which makes it sound like the investigators are really just trying to get Bonds.

posted by bperk at 10:18 AM on June 08

Damned French! (seriously though, this is not surprising. when there's lots & lots of money/competition involved, these sorts of things always happen)

posted by JohnSFO at 11:25 AM on June 08

yes BPP this does include players like Jeter, Rivera, and even Bonds. Wow. Did you just lump Jeter and Rivera in with Bonds? Damn premature guilt distribution... And a pox on you, bperk, for trying to turn a nice conversation about PED's into just another Bonds thread.

posted by BullpenPro at 11:26 AM on June 08

Oh, please forgive me BPP. That was not my intention. But, the credibility of the investigators matter in a case like this. This wasn't an affidavit by Grimsley naming names. This was an affidavit by an investigator who may have his own agenda.

posted by bperk at 12:00 PM on June 08

Baseball-Reference.com has a neat little tool called "Oracle of Baseball" that lets you see how connected a player is to other players. You can do individual links (Player A to Player B), or you can produce lists of players that played with Player C. For example, here is a truncated list of everyone that played on the same team (in the same season) as Jason Grimsley. And for the record, Bonds never played on the same team as Jason Grimsley.

posted by grum@work at 12:23 PM on June 08

It would be great if we could do pitchers only. Former pitchers with short last names that have spent some time in Florida.

posted by bperk at 12:38 PM on June 08

So far everyone has been talking about the players, but if this drug abuse was/is as rampant and as blatant as alleged, then a lot more people than the players will be indicted. Managers and even some owners had to know. To at least some extent, the owners are culpable and should be held responsible

posted by irunfromclones at 02:30 PM on June 08

That's never going to happen because the Commissioner works for the owners. That's why this whole "investigation" is so bogus. The only people MLB wants to hold accountable are players, regardless of who else was complicit.

posted by bperk at 02:38 PM on June 08

grum@work: For example, here is a truncated list of everyone that played on the same team (in the same season) as Jason Grimsley. Aha! Jose Mesa. 'Roids sure would explain his rage!

posted by L.N. Smithee at 04:09 PM on June 08

Jimmy Gobble? Say it ain't so!

posted by chicobangs at 05:13 PM on June 08

So deadspin is reporting that one of the affidavit names is Chris Mihlfeld, a trainer in Kansas City. Chris Mihlfeld is also Albert Pujol's trainer. Deadspin admits the're not 100 percent sure, but they did think it was newsworthy enough to post. Link

posted by tron7 at 05:18 PM on June 08

We are not claiming that Pujols has taken HGH. We are simply pointing out that Milhfeld is reportedly mentioned in the affidavit, and that he has connections to be Grimsley and Pujols. Well, that's good enough for me. Pujols used HGH. Anyone that says otherwise is just a Pujols-apologist and has their head in the sand. This is more than enough proof for me to say that all of his records and stats should be wiped from the books and his MVP award should be taken away from him. In fact, I think they should throw Pujols out of the game for life, reinstate Pete Rose, move the Nationals back to Montreal and play without gloves. However, I may have overdosed myself on Robaxacet and gotten too much sun to my balding pate, so my thought process may be a little...suspect...today.

posted by grum@work at 06:18 PM on June 08

No, grum, you're on to something. I think all major league games since 1980 should be wiped from the records, and all players who played after that time should give their money back. Also, the owners should find all the people who bought tickets to games and refund their ticket money. Let's just forget baseball ever happened. Chalk it up to a crazy generation of greed and selfishness. Boy, is Roger Clemens gonna be pissed when we tell him he's irrelevant and poor.

posted by chicobangs at 06:29 PM on June 08

The tongue and cheek comments are quite hilarious. grum@work, you might want to invest in a hat (haha). It's a wonderful invention that keeps that balding pate (of which mine is fast coming) at a normal tempurature, thus limiting the meltdowns on the thought process. As for this whole HGH mess, I think blood tests are the way to go, but only if they develop one that is reliable enough to be accurate. With the way a positive test pretty much ends a career, the testers have to be nearly 100 percent sure before condemning a player.

posted by donnnnychris at 07:00 PM on June 08

So, Pujols' trainer tells Grimsley where he can get some amphetamines. Therefore, Pujols is using HGH. Did I miss something?

posted by bperk at 09:38 AM on June 09

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