11 ex-Dbacks named in report, steroids found in clubhouse in 2000

Updated: December 13, 2007, 8:19 PM ET
Associated Press

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 report.

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 baseball.

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