Champaign's Herges in Mitchell Report
Matt Herges, a former Centennial star whose comeback with the Colorado Rockies was one of the feel-good stories of the postseason, was included in today's Mitchell report.
Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte were named in the long-awaited report, an All-Star roster linked to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs that put a question mark — if not an asterisk — next to some of baseball's biggest moments.
A longtime minor leaguer, Herges first pitched in the majors with the Dodgers in 1999. He went 0-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 17 games. Herges won a career-best 11 games with the Dodgers in 2000 with a 3.17 ERA. He spent the '01 season in Los Angeles before being traded in '02 to Montreal. During the next five seasons, Herges pitched with the Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks, Marlins and Rockies. He served as San Francisco's closer in '04, earning 23 saves.
The transcript regarding Herges:
"According to the report, Herges was a teammate of catcher Paul Lo Duca with the Dodgers from 1999 to 2001. According to (Kirk) Radomski, Herges called Radomski and said that Lo Duca had given him Radomski's telephone number. Radomski said that he made two or three sales of human growth hormone to Herges. His first contact with Herges might have been as early as 2004 and his last sale to him was in late 2005, not long before federal agents executed the search warrant on Radomski's residence. Radomski never met Herges in person.
Shortly after the federal search warrant was executed on Radomski's home, Herges again called Radomski and asked if he could sell him human growth hormone. Radomski, who by then was cooperating with federal law enforcement authorities, informed Herges that he 'was dry right now' and could not supply Herges with any growth hormone at that time. Herges did not contact him again.
"Radomski produced one check from Herges dated November 1, 2005 in the amount of $3,240. ... Radomski said that this check was in payment for two kits of human growth hormone, plus $40 for shipping. A piece of an undated shipping receipt to Herges and a copy of an Express Mail receipt dated November 2, 2005 sent to the same address were seized from Radomski's residence by federal agents."
Barry Bonds, already under indictment on charges of lying to a federal grand jury about steroids, also showed up in baseball's most infamous lineup since the Black Sox scandal.
The report culminated a 20-month investigation by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, hired by commissioner Bud Selig to examine the Steroids Era.
It was uncertain whether the report would result in any penalties or suspensions.
Several stars named in the report could pay the price in Cooperstown, much the way Mark McGwire was kept out of the Hall of Fame this year merely because of steroids suspicion.
"Former commissioner Fay Vincent told me that the problem of performance-enhancing substances may be the most serious challenge that baseball has faced since the 1919 Black Sox scandal," Mitchell said in the 409-page report.
ýThe illegal use of anabolic steroids and similar substances, in Vincent's view, is 'cheating of the worst sort.' He believes that it is imperative for Major League Baseball to 'capture the moral high ground' on the issue and, by words and deeds, make it clear that baseball will not tolerate the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.ý
Eric Gagne and Paul Lo Duca were among other current players named in the report, both linked to Human Growth Hormone.
"We identify some of the players who were caught up in this drive to gain a competitive advantage," the report said. "Other investigations will no doubt turn up more names and fill in more details, but that is unlikely to significantly alter the description of baseball's 'steroids era' as set forth in this report."
See http://files.mlb.com/mitchrpt.pdf for the full report.