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Red Sox Players Named in the Mitchell Report

George Mitchell released his long-awaited report today. Any player ever associated with the Red Sox with the page number he is mentioned on:

  • Manny Alexander, 49
  • Jose Canseco, 246
  • Roger Clemens, 167
  • Paxton Crawford, 111
  • Brendan Donnelly, 224
  • Eric Gagne, 217
  • Jeremy Giambi, 133
  • Mike Lansing, 196
  • Josias Manzanillo (minor leaguer), 161
  • Kent Mercker, 198
  • Mike Spinelli (minor leaguer), 76
  • Mike Stanton, 205
  • Mo Vaughn, 186
  • Steve Woodard, 257

In 2007 Donnelly contributed 20 and two-thirds innings and tallied two wins. Those two wins were the difference between the American League East Division Championship and the wild card. Then again, on the Yankees side Clemens went 99 innings and contributed six wins and Andy Pettitte was pivotal with his 215 and one-third innings and 15 victories.


The Gagne comments were particularly ugly. Makes you wonder what Theo was thinking.

The excerpt JPO is referring to begins on page 219:

When the Boston Red Sox were considering acquiring Gagné, a Red Sox official made specific inquiries about Gagné’s possible use of steroids. In a November 1, 2006 email to a Red Sox scout, general manager Theo Epstein asked, “Have you done any digging on Gagne? I know the Dodgers think he was a steroid guy. Maybe so. What do you hear on his medical?” The scout, Mark Delpiano, responded,

Some digging on Gagne and steroids IS the issue. Has had a checkered medical past throughout career including minor leagues. Lacks the poise and commitment to stay healthy, maintain body and re invent self. What made him a tenacious closer was the max effort plus stuff . . . Mentality without the plus weapons and without steroid help probably creates a large risk in bounce back durability and ability to throw average while allowing the change-up to play as it once did . . . Personally, durability (or lack of) will follow Gagne . . .

In order to provide Gagné with information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me; he declined.

If you're going to list regular season wins and innings pitched by pitchers named in the Mitchell Report, you've got to include Eric Gagné's two wins and 18 2/3 innings as well.

Yeah...but Gagne cost us more than he gave us...probably enough to make up for Donnelly as well. I swear he failed in literally every clutch situation...but maybe it was only 75% of them. Bastard.

I thought the discussion on players who may have used PEDs in the past was interesting. They had some quotes from Epstein when he was looking into Gagne, I believe. Interesting to see the internal process.

By the way, I'm just starting a new blog.


Check it out if you've got some time and let me know if you'd want to exchange links.

I thought the information on Paxton and Gagne was especially interesting.

Ethan Michaels

God I hate this time of year. The end of the tunnel for Football is in sight. Baseball is in its winter doldrums. Ugh. I can't wait for baseball season to start back up.

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