Magowan, Selig meet to discuss Giants' mentions in Mitchell report

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan met with baseball commissioner Bud Selig about the club's prominent mention in the Mitchell report.

Magowan, in the desert to watch the Giants' first few Cactus League games this weekend, declined to give further details about the session with Selig in order to keep the focus on his young, rebuilding team.

San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean has also met with representatives from the commissioner's office, Magowan said.

"Yes, I did meet with him. I'm not going to tell you when. I'm not going to tell you where," Magowan said Friday. "I'm not going to tell you who was there. I'm not going to tell you what was discussed. Brian also has met with representatives of the commissioner. We were given a chance to respond to questions on a whole variety of subjects. That's all that we're going to say about it."

One of those questions likely dealt with whether members of the Giants' brass might have known that Giants players were allegedly using steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.

Now, Magowan is eager to see how the Giants progress with a youthful roster and different outfield minus indicted and unemployed home run king Barry Bonds -- one of the central figures in the BALCO steroids scandal.

Magowan decided in September to move forward without No. 25 after Bonds spent 15 seasons in San Francisco and was a centerpiece of the franchise's All-Star festivities last summer.

"I think things are moving forward whether the meeting took place or not," Magowan said, sitting in the stands at Scottsdale Stadium before San Francisco's split-squad game with the Seattle Mariners. "Baseball has started and the focus is on baseball, which it should be. ... It's just good to get down here and see baseball again."

A pair of interviews by Mitchell's staff with former Giants athletic trainer Stan Conte revealed the problem Bonds' former trainer, Greg Anderson, caused in the clubhouse, along with the movement of performance-enhancing drugs into locker rooms in the Bay Area.

The report said that in San Francisco, Conte told Sabean in 2002 that a player had come to him with questions because he was considering buying steroids from Anderson. Longtime equipment manager Mike Murphy discovered syringes in the locker of catcher Benito Santiago, it said.

The December report, the culmination of a 20-month investigation into steroids and drug use in baseball, said Conte went to Sabean early on to say he wanted Anderson and others like him removed from the clubhouse. Sabean wasn't willing to do it.

Bonds' trainers, including Harvey Shields and Greg Oliver, were employees of the Giants but primarily worked with Bonds. They could roam the clubhouse, go into the players' cafeteria and visit the training room.

This spring, everyone around San Francisco's team seems refreshed and ready to move forward without the drama that surrounded Bonds' quest of Hank Aaron's home run record.

Magowan is excited about the chemistry and potential of his players heading into 2008. He hopes to see some of the team's top players bounce back from down years, such as $126 million left-hander and former AL Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito.

"This time of year everyone's got optimism. No one's lost a game yet," said Magowan, whose Giants finished last in the NL West in 2007 and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

"What we hope to have is, after three years of sort of declining performance, a turnaround to start moving in the right direction," he said. "People say, 'Do you have a chance to be competitive in your division this year?' And I say, 'What I'm looking for is a winning season.' Whether that makes us competitive or not depends on how good these other teams in our division play."