I’ve dug through the Mitchell Report for much of the weekend and have two simple questions that I feel should have been answered in the report:
1. While I agree with the principle of an independent tester, I’m curious how this should be handled. The recommendation in the report comes up empty on specifics, though everyone has interpreted this as a call to have WADA take over the testing program. However, the collectors are not MLB employees; they’re contractors, probably the same ones used by WADA, though I could not confirm this. The lab used (and noted in Selig’s response) is the WADA-certified Montreal lab run by Dr. Charlotte Ayotte. It’s likely the same one that would be used if WADA took over the system. Unless someone can explain to me why an “independent” system would be significantly better, I can’t get behind it.
2. It seems that the entire report is based on the testimony of and network marketing of Kirk Radomski and his secondary distributor, Brian McNamee. So where did Radomski get his supplies?
One final note: While I agree with Sen. Mitchell’s call for a blanket amnesty for all users, named and not named, prior to the testing agreement in 2004, I have a problem with several of the players in the report acting as salesmen and distributors for Radomski. Drug use is wrong, but drug trafficking is a far larger issue and one that I feel calls for not only suspensions, but the consideration of larger penalties.
We’ll continue to follow this issue on BPR this week with scheduled interviews with Jim Bouton and Don Hooton. Interviews with Dr. Gary Gaffney and Dr. Olivier Rabin are available at the Radio tab.